Paralegal Studies

Program Description

The Paralegal Studies program is designed to prepare individuals to work in a legal office environment. The program provides training in the general processes of American law and the knowledge and skills to perform specific legal tasks under the supervision of an attorney. In addition, the program helps prepare individuals for paralegal certification exams.

Opportunities for Employment

Students will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of specialized duties with competence and understanding. The Paralegal Studies associate degree will help prepare you for a wide range of entry-level positions as a paraprofessional in the legal field with opportunities in law firms, mortgage companies, banks, title insurance companies, private corporations, and government and administrative agencies.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience. Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor. Chances of success in this field are increased if the student has good organizational, analytical, and academic skills and enjoys working with people in a complex, fast-paced work environment.  Classes are offered both on campus and online.  Most students will require more than two full years of study to complete the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies.

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Paralegal Studies (260)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
BUS 241 Business Law I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
LGL 110 Intro to Law & the Legal Assistant 3
LGL 120 Legal Terminology 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
LGL 115 Real Estate Law 3
LGL 117 Family Law 3
LGL 125 Legal Research 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
AST 205 Business Communications 3
    HLT or PED Elective 1
LGL 126 Legal Writing 3
LGL 216 Trial Preparation & Discovery Practice 3
LGL 218 Criminal Law 3
PLS 211 U.S. Government I 3
SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1
SECOND YEAR SPRING
AST 265 Legal Office Procedures I 3
LGL 225 Estate Planning & Probate 3
LGL 230 Legal Transactions 3
LGL 290 Internship/Legal Assisting 3
PSY 120 Human Relations1 3
    Humanities Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66

1Students may take PSY 120 or PSY 126. Those who plan to transfer to a 4-year college must register for PSY 200.

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