Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science PS13

The Paralegal Studies program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for introductory positions in the paralegal profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

 

Program Goal:

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. 

Objectives:

1.  Students will execute critical thinking and analytical thinking skills
2.  Students will interpret legal terminology
3.  Students will create legal documents
4.  Students will communicate effectively in written and oral communication

5.  Students will conduct legal research
6.  Students will secure gainful employment

 

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

Curriculum Outline

First Semester

SEMN 1000First Semester Seminar

0

COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy

3

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

XXXX xxxxHumanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

Second Semester

SPCH 1101Public Speaking

3

PARA 1100Introduction to Law and Ethics

3

XXXX xxxxGeneral Core Elective

3

XXXX xxxxSocial/Behavioral Sciences Elective

Third Semester

PARA 1105Legal Research & Writing I

3

PARA 1115Family Law

3

PARA 1125Criminal Law & Criminal Proced

3

PARA 1145Law Office Management

3

Fourth Semester

PARA 1120Real Estate Law

3

PARA 1135Wills, Trusts, Probate & Admin

3

PARA 1140Tort Law

3

PARA xxxxOccupational Guided Electives

3

Fifth Semester

PARA 1110Legal Research & Writing II

3

PARA 1150Contracts, Commercial Law and Business Organizations

3

PARA 1130Civil Litigation

3

PARA xxxxOccupational Guided Electives

3

Sixth Semester

PARA 2210Paralegal Internship I

6

PARA xxxxOccupational Guided Electives

3

Guided Electives Options

PARA 1205Constitutional Law

3

PARA 1210Legal & Policy Issues in Health

3

PARA 1215Administrative Law

3

PARA 2205Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3

PARA 2215Paralegal Internship II

6

PARA 1200Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Relations

3

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives Options

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation

3

ENGL 2130American Literature

3

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities

3

MUSC 1101Music Appreciation

3

Social/Behavioral Science Elective Options

ECON 1101Principles of Economics

3

ECON 2105Macroeconomics

3

ECON 2106Microeconomics

3

HIST 1111World History I

3

HIST 1112World History II

3

HIST 2111U.S. History I

3

HIST 2112U.S. History II

3

POLS 1101American Government

3

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

PSYC 1150Industrial/OrganizationalPsych

3

PSYC 2103Human Development

3

SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours: 69