Paralegal Studies


Program Description: The Paralegal Studies associate of applied science degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in the paralegal profession. 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; 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 required to aid lawyers. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree.

Length of Program: Five (5) Semesters

Locations offered:

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.

Entrance Dates:
Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: N/A

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).

1st Term
Books: $798.20
Fees: $309.00
Tuition: $1,335.00
Total: $2,442.20

2nd Term
Books: $942.30
Fees: $284.00
Tuition: $1,335.00
Total: $2,561.30

3rd Term
Books: $647.80
Fees: $284.00
Tuition: $1,068.00
Total: $1,999.80

4th Term
Books: $697.80
Fees: $284.00
Tuition: $1,335.00
Total: $2,316.80

5th Term
Books: $450.00
Fees: $324.00
Tuition: $1,068.00
Total: $1,842.00

Curriculum Credits

Curriculum Credits

1: General Education Courses (18 hours0


Area I: Language Arts/Communications (3 hours) 6
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking 3
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hours) 3
Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 hours) 3
One Mathematics Course
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts (3 hours) 3
And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor) 3

2: Institutional Credit (3 hours)


COLL 1500 Student Success 3

3: Occupational Courses (51 hours)


PARA 1125 Criminal Law & Procedures 3
PARA 1120 Real Estate Law 3
PARA 1115 Family Law 3
PARA 1110 Legal Research & Writing II 3
PARA 1105 Legal Research & Writing I 3
PARA 1100 Intro to Law and Ethics 3
COMP 1000 Intro to Computer Literacy 3
PARA 1130 Civil Litigation 3
PARA 1135 Wills, Trust, Probate & Admin 3
PARA 1140 Tort Law 3
PARA 1145 Law Office Management 3
PARA 1150 Contracts, Comm Law & Bus Org 3
PARA 2210 Paralegal Internship I 6
and nine (9) credit hours of the following: 21
PARA 1200 Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Rel 3
PARA 1205 Constitutional Law 3
PARA 1210 Legal & Policy Issues Hlthcr 3
PARA 1215 Administrative Law 3
PARA 2205 Adv Legal Research & Writing 3
PARA 2215 Paralegal Internship II 6

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