Paralegal Studies Diploma PS12

The Paralegal Studies 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 ethical obligations; research state and federal law; legal correspondence preparation; family law matters; criminal law and procedure, and tort law The program of study emphasizes opportunities that provide students with specialized legal knowledge and skills required to aid lawyers in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Diploma.

Purpose:  To prepare program graduates for gainful employment opportunities in paralegal services while working under the supervision of experienced attorneys in the public/private sector.  Graduates will employ knowledge, skills, values, ethics, and attitudes indicative of integrity, diversity, and equity while providing competent-quality services for clients, attorneys, and the community.  

Goal:   Provide optimal training and quality instruction for students to secure gainful employment in the paralegal profession.


Objectives:

(1) Conduct legal research

(2) Create legal documents

(3) Interpret legal terminology

(4) communicate effectively in written and oral communication

(5) employ critical and analytical thinking skills


Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will be able to apply legal reasoning and problem solving for case analysis and legal writing

2.  Students will be able to research and draft legal documents and arguments utilizing paralegal research methods.

3.  Students will be able to demonstrate employability skills learned in the paralegal program in a professional setting.

 

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law*

Degree Requirements

Requirements List

SEMN 1000First Semester Seminar

0

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

or

EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relat & Prof Dev

2

or

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

Requirements List

COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy

3

PARA 1100Introduction to Law and Ethics

3

PARA 1115Family Law

3

PARA 1105Legal Research & Writing I

3

Requirements List
PARA 1145Law Office Management

3

PARA 1140Tort Law

3

PARA 1125Criminal Law & Criminal Proced

3

PARA 1110Legal Research & Writing II

3

Requirements List-Select Six Credits From the Following Courses
PARA 1200Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Relations

3

PARA 1135Wills, Trusts, Probate & Admin

3

PARA 1205Constitutional Law

3

PARA 1210Legal & Policy Issues in Health

3

Total Credit Hours: 38