Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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For more than three decades, the Paralegal program has been educating and training students to meet the needs of the local legal market, while providing students with opportunities beyond the law office environment. The program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, the National Association of Legal Assistants / Paralegals, and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

The objectives of the program are to (1) train students for employment as paralegals in a variety of legal settings; (2) provide opportunities for students who wish to upgrade existing job skills; and (3) provide coursework and transfer information to students who are interested in continuing their education.

Graduates will be qualified to perform basic legal research, draft various legal documents, conduct client and witness interviews, participate in basic fact-finding and investigation, and assist in trial preparation. They will also be knowledgeable about the rules of professional and ethical conduct.

Graduates are not authorized to practice law. The Paralegal program provides training perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

or

 

 

COM 115

Public Speaking

(3)

MAT 112

Financial Mathematics

3

or

 

 

MAT 121

College Algebra: MA1

(4)

POS 111

American Government: SS1

3

or

 

 

POS 125

American State & Local Government: SS1

(3)

Elective

Choose three (3) hours from AA Approved Elective list

3

 

 

18-19

Additional Required Courses

PAR 114

Computers & the Law

3

PAR 115

Introduction to Law

3

PAR 116

Torts

3

PAR 117

Family Law

3

PAR 118

Contracts

3

PAR 125

Property Law

3

PAR 127

Legal Ethics

3

PAR 201

Civil Litigation

3

PAR 202

Evidence

3

PAR 205

Criminal Law

3

PAR 206

Business Organizations

3

PAR 208

Probate & Estates

3

PAR 209

Constitutional Law

3

PAR 213

Legal Research & Writing I

3

Elective

Choose three (3) hours from the list below

3

 

45

Total Credit Hours

63-64

Electives

Choose three (3) credit hours

MED 101

Introduction to Mediation

3

PAR 218

Bankruptcy Law

3

PAR 280

Internship

3

PAR 287

Cooperative Education

3

Certificate

Legal Technician

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This certificate program offering is only available to those students who possess (at the time of entry into the program) an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science or HIGHER from a regionally accredited college or university. Students not possessing a degree must enroll in the Paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree program.

PAR 114

Computers & the Law

3

PAR 115

Introduction to Law

3

PAR 127

Legal Ethics

3

PAR 206

Business Organizations

3

PAR 213

Legal Research & Writing I

3

PAR 287

Cooperative Education

3

Total Credit Hours

18