PROGRAMS OF STUDY


     
         
     

PARALEGAL STUDIES (formerly Legal Assisting)
Associate in Applied Science Degree AL

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. No more than 50% of the paralegal studies credits required for the AAS degree Program, approved by the American Bar Association, may be transferred from another college.  Case-by-case exceptions may be made at the discretion of the assistant dean for paralegal studies.

Special Approval Status:  The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

First Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester


 

   ENG

111

College Composition I

3

 

   LGL

110

Intro. to Law & the Legal Asst.

3

 

   LGL

117

Family Law

3

 

   LGL

125

Legal Research

3

 

PED

116

Lifetime Fitness & Wellness

1

 

PHI

115

Practical Reasoning

3

 

   SDV

 

Elective

1

 

 

   ENG

112

College Composition II

 

3

 

   LGL

126

Legal Writing

 

3

 

   LGL

215

Torts

 

3

 

   LGL

218

Criminal Law

 

3

 

MTH

151

Math for the Liberal Arts I

 

3

 

PED

/RPK

 

 

1

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

17

16

Second Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester


 

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Approved Elective

3

 

   ITE

115

Intro. to Computer Applications & Concepts

3

 

   LGL

115

Real Estate Law

3

 

   LGL

217

Trial Prac. & the Law of Evidence

3

 

   LGL

235

Legal Aspects of Business Org.

3

 

   PSY

201

Intro. to Psychology I or

 

 

   

SOC

201 Intro. to Sociology I

3

 

 

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Approved Elective

 

2

 

   LGL

225

Estate Planning & Probate

 

3

 

   LGL

230

Legal Transactions

 

3

 

   PSY

202

Intro. to Psychology II or

 

 

 

   

SOC

202 Intro. to Sociology II

 

3

 

   SPD

110

Intro. to Speech Communication

 

3

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

18

14

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

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, 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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