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Associate in Applied Science Degree AL  

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Purpose: The curriculum is designed to provide an individual with a sufficient level of knowledge, understanding, and proficiency to perform the tasks in meeting a client's needs which can be performed by a trained, non-lawyer assistant working under the direction and supervision of a lawyer. A legal assistant will have a basic understanding of the general processes of American law, and will have the knowledge and proficiency to perform specific tasks under the supervision of a lawyer in the fields of civil and criminal law. The occupational objectives include: employment in public and in private, both individual and corporate, law-related activities, organizations and agencies.

Recommended Preparation: Proficiency in high school English.

Completion Requirements: To remain in the program, students must complete each of the legal courses in the program with a C or better.

Special Approval Status: The Legal Assisting program is approved by the American Bar Association.

First Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   ENG111College Composition I3
   LGL110Intro. to Law & the Legal Asst.3
   LGL117Family Law3
   LGL125Legal Research3
PED116Lifetime Fitness & Wellness1
PHI115Practical Reasoning3
   ENG112College Composition II 3
   LGL126Legal Writing 3
   LGL215Torts 3
   LGL218Criminal Law 3
MTH151Math for the Liberal Arts I 3

Total Credits/Semester1716

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

___Approved Elective3
   IST117Intro. to Microcomputer Software3
   LGL115Real Estate Law3
   LGL217Trial Prac. & the Law of Evidence3
   LGL235Legal Aspects of Business Org.3
   PSY201Intro. to Psychology I or
   SOC201 Intro. to Sociology I3
___Approved Elective 2
   LGL225Estate Planning & Probate 3
   LGL230Legal Transactions 3
   PSY202Intro. to Psychology II or 
   SOC202 Intro. to Sociology II 3
   SPD110Intro. to Speech Communication 3

Total Credits/Semester1814

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Legal Assisting = 65.

To graduate from a degree program, students entering NVCC Fall 1999 or later must demonstrate computer competency skills as described in the Degree Requirements section of the Instructional Programs of this catalog.

1 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK 205, 207, 208, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

2 Any PHI course numbered 100 or above may be substituted.

3 Any MTH course numbered 100 or above, or BUS 125 may be substituted.

4 Elective courses should be selected after consultation with a counselor or faculty advisor, and should be designed to further a student's career and educational goals.

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