Paralegal Studies is an associate degree program intended to train a generalist paralegal. Graduates from the associate degree program will have a strong foundation in the areas of legal research and writing, contracts, torts, criminal law and property law. Associate degree program graduates are likely to find employment as paralegals under the direction of attorneys (to do otherwise would be practicing law without a license) in law firms, legal departments of large corporations, insurance companies, title companies, legal service companies and federal, state or local courts and governmental agencies.
Students who wish to pursue additional education in law or in other disciplines as part of their future plans should consult with an advisor before selecting courses.
Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in Paralegal Studies, students should be able to:
- Conduct legal research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, regulations and other legal literature to specific legal problems and use critical thinking to analyze results of such research.
- Draft memoranda, briefs and other legal documents applicable to the field of law being studied.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the paralegal’s role in
- trial preparation,
- trial proceedings and
- settlement negotiations.
- Investigate and develop the facts of a case, maintain relevant case files and maintain and organize relevant case file documents, such as correspondence, pleadings, reports and briefs.
- Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise for the Paralegal Professional.
- Apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.
|ENG 100||English Composition I||3|
|PLG 100||Introduction to the Paralegal Profession||3|
|PLG 110||Legal Research and Writing I||3|
|PLG 130||Technology in the Law||3|
|Mathematics Elective: Any Quantitative Reasoning designated MAT course 1||3|
|COMM 100||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|PLG 120||Legal Research and Writing II||3|
|PLG 140||Contract Law||3|
|PLG 240||Criminal Law and Procedure||3|
|Philosophy Elective: Any Global Understanding designated PHI course||3|
|ACC 100||Applied Accounting||3|
|ENG 112||English Composition II: Writing About Literature||3|
|PLG 220||Real Estate Law||3|
|PLG 210||Civil Litigation and Tort Principles||3|
|Science Elective: Any Scientific Inquiry designated Science course||4|
|PLG 211||Civil Litigation and Tort Applications||3|
or PLG 197
|Paralegal Experience and Legal Ethics
or Paralegal Practicum and Legal Ethics
|Two PLG Electives||6|
|Social Science/Humanities Elective: Any Diversity and Social Justice designated Social Science or Humanities course||3|
|Select six (6) credits from:|
|PLG 200||Family Law||3|
|PLG 230||Estates, Trusts and Wills||3|
|PLG 241||Administrative Law||3|
|PLG 242||Business Organizations||3|
|PLG 243||Bankruptcy Law||3|
|PLG 244||Labor and Employment Law||3|
|PLG 246||Elder Law||3|
A maximum of twelve (12) PLG (legal specialty) credits may be transferred in from an ABA accredited college or university.
No more than nine (9) specialty credits may be awarded for Credit for Prior Learning assessment by portfolio or exam.
Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.