Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies

This program is designed to educate and train paralegals to work independently under the supervision of attorneys in all areas of law. Graduates are prepared for careers in law firms, insurance companies, government agencies, title companies, banks and corporations. Paralegals organize and manage the flow of work in law offices and handle routine legal documents in other office settings. They also do background research and investigation for attorneys, research legal issues, and interview and prepare witnesses and clients for depositions and court appearances. They prepare drafts of motions, briefs or arguments and maintain files, documents, and correspondence about cases. They also organize, file, maintain case histories and may regularly interface with the police, attorneys, government officials, and a variety of court personnel.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Student functions in an office /court environment.
  2. Student demonstrates the requisite written skills to communicate in the legal community.
  3. The student can draft various legal pleadings and correspondence documents.
  4. The student can to use appropriate technology or other resources in performing legal research.
  5. The student is able to review laws and legal opinions.

General Education Requirements

COURSE RUBRIC DESCRIPTION CREDIT
BUSN 1150 Survey of Microcomputer Applications 3
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II 3
MATH 1200 or MATH 1203 Survey of Mathematical Concepts or Higher 3
Humanities Elective See the General Education Courses page of the Catalog for eligible Humanities courses. 3

Social Sciences Electives

See the General Education Courses page of the Catalog for eligible Social Sciences courses. 6
Natural Sciences Electives See the General Education Courses page of the Catalog for eligible Natural Sciences courses. 6

Fine Arts Elective

See the General Education Courses page of the Catalog for eligible Fine Arts courses. 3
Subtotal 30

Major Courses

Must earn a grade of “C” or better in each. At least twelve (12) credit hours must be earned in residence.

COURSE RUBRIC DESCRIPTION CREDIT
PARL 1000 Introduction to Law and Paralegal 3
PARL 1050 Litigation 3
PARL 1100 Legal Research 3
PARL 2000 Case Analysis 3
PARL 2500 Practicum 3
Subtotal 15

Paralegal Electives

Must earn a grade of “C” or better in each.

COURSE RUBRIC DESCRIPTION CREDIT
Paralegal Electives Select four courses from the following: PARL 1200, PARL 2050, PARL 2100, PARL 2150, PARL 2200, PARL 2250, PARL 2300, or PARL 2350, PARL 2600, BUSI 2190, BUSI 2200, OFCR 1400, OFCR 1450, OFCR 2100, OADM 1500, OFCR1510, OADM 1710, STPT 1180, or any PARL course approved by advisor. 12

Subtotal

12

Approved Electives

COURSE RUBRIC DESCRIPTION CREDIT
Elective Select one course from the following: BUSN 1600, BUSI 2190, BUSI 2200, ENVN 1030, OFCR 1400, OFCR 1450, OFCR 2100, OADM 1500, OADM 1510, OADM 1710, POLI 1100, POLI 2610, SOCI 2090, SOCI 2400, STPT 1180, or any PARL course approved by advisor. 3

Subtotal

3

TOTAL HOURS

60