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College Catalog 2018-2019

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Offered through AL
CIP Code: 52.0401

Purpose: The curriculum is designed to provide an individual with a sufficient level of knowledge, understanding, and proficiency to perform the tasks associated with meeting a client's needs. These tasks can be performed by a trained, non-lawyer assistant working under the direction and supervision of a lawyer. A paralegal or legal assistant will have a basic understanding of the general processes of American law, along with the knowledge and proficiency required to perform specific tasks under the supervision of a lawyer in the fields of civil and criminal law. Occupational objectives include employment in corporate law firms, government agencies, and any of the varied law-related fields. Paralegals or legal assistants are prohibited by law from offering legal services directly to members of the public.

Advising Note: It is strongly recommended that students meet with an advisor before enrolling in classes or as early as possible in their first semester of enrollment.

Completion Requirements: To remain in the program, students must complete each of the legal specialty (LGL) courses in the program with a “C” or higher. Students must complete LGL 110 Introduction to Law and the Legal Assistant during their first semester of enrollment and complete the other legal specialty (LGL) courses in the order outlined. Course substitutions are made on a case-by-case basis. In all cases, the grade for substituted courses must be a “C” or higher.

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

Transfer from Other Institutions: Students must complete 25 percent (17 credits) of their coursework at NOVA. Program guidelines require that at least 50 percent of legal specialty (LGL) credits be completed at NOVA. In addition, ABA Guidelines require that at least 10 of those credits be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format. The Paralegal Studies Program accepts the transfer of legal specialty courses completed at other institutions as long as those institutions are regionally accredited and the assistant dean determines that the course objectives and practical skills are comparable to the courses offered in NOVA’s Paralegal Studies Program. In all cases, the grade for transfer courses must be a “C” or higher.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
LGL 125 Legal Research 3
LGL 110 Intro to Law & the Paralegal 3
LGL 117 Family Law 3
1PHI 115 Practical Reasoning 3
2SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   16
2nd Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
LGL 215 Torts 3
LGL 126 Legal Writing 3
LGL 218 Criminal Law 3
3MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Total   15
3rd Semester
4___ Approved Elective 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts 3
LGL 235 Legal Aspects of Business Organizations 3
LGL 217 Trial Practice & the Law of Evidence 3
LGL 115 Real Estate Law 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology I or 3
  SOC  200  Principles of Sociology I  
Total   18
4th Semester
4___ Approved Elective 2
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
LGL 230 Legal Transactions 3
LGL 225 Estate Planning & Probate 3
5___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   14
Total credits for the Paralegal Studies A.A.S.=63

1 May substitute a humanities/fine arts elective selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Humanities/fine arts course may be substituted after consultation with an academic advisor and should be selected to further a student’s career and educational goals.

2 May substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

3 May substitute any higher-level Mathematics course or a science course; BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, NAS, PHY.

4 Elective courses should be selected after consultation with a counselor or academic advisor, and should be chosen to further a student’s career and educational goals.

5 May substitute a social science elective selected from the social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.