Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Description: The Paralegal Studies associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for a wide variety of professional positions in the legal field. Additionally, this program provides a practical course of undergraduate legal study for students interested in becoming an attorney. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The knowledge and skills emphasized in this program include a comprehensive study of substantive law including ethical obligations; research in state and federal law; legal correspondence preparation; family law matters; basic concepts of real property law, criminal law and procedure, civil litigation, tort law, and substantive contract law; and wills, trusts, and probate. The program of study emphasizes opportunities that provide students with specialized legal knowledge and skills possessed by Legal Assistants in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Examination; graduates who pass the exam become Certified Legal Assistants and are awarded the credentials C.L.A. (Certified Legal Assistant).
Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will conduct legal research and present written findings.
• Students will assess the legal and ethical obligations required for paralegals in the delivery of legal services.
• Students will describe how to open, maintain, and close client files.
Program Offered at the Following Sites: Thomasville
Length of Program: Five (5) semesters.
Cost of Program: Click Here.
Entrance Dates: Beginning of each semester.
Program Admission: Any Semester
Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.
Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.
Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.
Additional Requirements: A Criminal background check and drug toxicology may be required for Internship/Externship.
Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be allowed to complete the practicum requirements or granted permission to take the licensing examination.
Program Final Exit Point: Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science.
Credits Required for Graduation: 72 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Examination; graduates who pass the exam become Certified Legal Assistants and are awarded the credentials C.L.A. (Certified Legal Assistant).