This program prepares students for employment as paralegals/legal assistants in private law firms, courts and government agencies, corporations, businesses, and organizations conducting legal-related work. Students learn law and legal principles, legal research and writing, case management, interviewing and investigating, preparation of legal documents, law office administration, and legal ethics.
NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Explain the structure of the American legal system and how legal cases are processed
- Analyze legal problems by conducting legal research, interpreting law, and composing persuasive written and oral legal arguments
- Compose basic legal pleadings, legal memoranda, and correspondence related to case processing
- Demonstrate evidence-gathering techniques for obtaining discovery and interviewing clients and witnesses
- Explain the paralegal’s role in providing office support that maintains the legal field’s ethical and professional standards
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23-24 HRS. MIN.)
Communications (6 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3) [and]
ENGL 112 Composition and Literature (3) [or]
ENGL 119 Professional Communications (3)
Mathematics (3 hrs.)
BSAD 112 Business Math (3) [or]
MATH 119 Applications of Mathematics for Non-Science majors (3) [or]
Any MATH higher than 119 (3)
Laboratory Science (4 hrs. min.)
CRJS 135 Forensic Science I (4) [or]
CRJS 236 Forensic Science II (4) [or]
Any Laboratory Science (4)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)
PSYC 111 Psychology 1 (3) [or]
SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology (3) [and]
Any Social/Behavioral Science course (3)
Humanities and Fine Arts (3-4 hrs.)
Recommended: Any foreign language (4)
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal 9 credit hours.
Health and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (29 HRS.)
LEGL 111 Introduction to American Law for Paralegals (3)
LEGL 112 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession (3)
LEGL 115 Torts, Practice and Procedure (3)
LEGL 121 Legal Research and Writing I (3)
LEGL 231 Evidence Law (3)
LEGL 240 Constitutional Law (3)
LEGL 241 Legal Research Writing II/Westlaw (4)
LEGL 250 Civil Litigation (3)
OFTC 111 Business Software Essentials I (4)
*It’s highly recommended that students take LEGL 111 and 121 in their first semester.
RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (9 HRS.)
CRJS 203 Criminal Law and Procedure (3) [or]
CRJS 204 Law and the Professional Investigator (3) [and]
Any LEGL courses 200 and above, including LEGL 114*
Recommended in last semester: LEGL 298 Internship (3)
*LEGL 114 is primarily for students enrolled in the Legal Secretary or Law Office Administrative Assistant Certificates.
Six (6) credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.
o Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
o Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)
NOTE: See “First-Year Student Success Course Requirement” on Page 8.
TOTAL 61-62 CREDITS MIN.