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 PARALEGAL STUDIES

Course Description: The Paralegal Studies associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for a wide variety of professional positions in the legal field. Additionally, this program provides a practical course of undergraduate legal study for students interested in becoming an attorney. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The knowledge and skills emphasized in this program include a comprehensive study of substantive law including ethical obligations; research in state and federal law; legal correspondence preparation; family law matters; basic concepts of real property law, criminal law and procedure, civil litigation, tort law, and substantive contract law; and wills, trusts, and probate. The program of study emphasizes opportunities that provide students with specialized legal knowledge and skills possessed by Legal Assistants in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Examination; graduates who pass the exam become Certified Legal Assistants and are awarded the credentials C.L.A. (Certified Legal Assistant).

Student Learning Outcomes:
•  Students will identify the structure of a law office.
•  Students will access the legal and ethical obligations required for the paralegal in the delivery of legal services.
•  Students will demonstrate legal research and legal writing skills for a case.

Length of Program: Five (5) semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Program Admission: Any Semester

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria.  Click for Entrance Scores.

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: A Criminal background check and drug toxicology may be required for Internship/Externship.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be allowed to complete the practicum requirements or granted permission to take the licensing examination

Program Final Exit Point: Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science.

Credits Required for Graduation: 69 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Examination; graduates who pass the exam become Certified Legal Assistants and are awarded the credentials C.L.A. (Certified Legal Assistant).

 

 

Curriculum

Credit Hours

 
1. General Core Courses 18
 
  Area I: Language Arts/Communication 6
    Required Course(s):
    ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric  
    SPCH 1101 Public Speaking  
 
  Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
 
  Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3
    Required Course(s):
    One Mathematics Course
 
  Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
 
  And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (as approved by program advisor) 3
 
  General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.  
 
2. Occupational Courses (51 hours)
  COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
  PARA 1100 Introduction to Law and Ethics 3
  PARA 1105 Legal Research and Legal Writing I 3
  PARA 1110 Legal Research and Legal Writing II 3
  PARA 1115 Family Law 3
  PARA 1120 Real Estate Law 3
  PARA 1125 Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure 3
  PARA 1130 Civil Litigation 3
  PARA 1135 Wills, Trusts, Probate and Administration 3
  PARA 1140 Tort Law 3
  PARA 1145 Law Office Management 3
  PARA 1150 Contracts, Commercial Law and Business 3
  PARA 2210 Paralegal Internship I 6
  and three of the following (9 hours)
    PARA 1200 Bankruptcy / Debtor Creditor Relations (3)
    PARA 1205 Constitutional Law (3)
    PARA 1210 Legal and Policy Issues in Healthcare (3)
    PARA 1215 Administrative Law (3)
    PARA 2205 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3)
    PARA 2215 Paralegal Internship II (6)
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