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Due to the explosive growth of legal services now being requested in all sectors of our economy, there is a continuous demand for well-trained personnel in all facets of the legal process. The need for paralegals is so great that it is estimated that one paralegal will assist every three or four attorneys, and, in some areas of practice, such as corporate legal departments, there will be one paralegal hired for every attorney.

The nature of the paralegal’s position in the legal community requires individuals with a well-rounded educational background.

Critical thinking and excellent communication skills are essential competencies of a paralegal and are included in courses in English, mathematics, humanities, social science, and basic science.

The technical curriculum has been designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the role of a legal assistant, ethical requirements, legal research, analysis, the preparation of legal documents, litigation practice and procedure, real estate transactions, family law, administrative law, criminal law, and probate law and practice.

The Paralegal Studies Certificate (Post Baccalaureate Option) is designed for persons who currently possess a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Paralegals have traditionally been utilized in legal environments that are intensive in both client contact and document preparation.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in manual and computer-assisted research of legal questions and incorporate the same into properly cited memoranda of law
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities of a legal assistant
  • Demonstrate an ability to use municipal, county, state, and federal clerks of court, and other recording offices
  • Prepare deeds, notes, and other documents for residential real estate transfer
  • Draft documents required to complete family law matters
  • Draft pleadings, motions and other documents within the applicable rules of evidence and procedure to prepare complete civil and criminal litigation
  • Prepare documents for use in corporate, partnership, and other business-related matters
  • Draft wills, trusts, and other documents necessary for estate administration.
  • Describe the legislative and judicial functions of administrative agencies.

NOTE: Paralegals may not sign legal documents, appear in court, or give legal advice. All activities in legal matters must be supervised by a licensed attorney.

Paralegal Studies Associate Degree

Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
MATH 1104 Math for Business Apps 4
. or .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
LEGL 1101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies & Ethics 3
LEGL 1102 Law Office Technology 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13-14
Note: Students who wish to transfer to a four-year program should take MATH 1050 or STAT 1350.
Semester 2 . .
ENGL 2XX7 2367 or 2567 or 2667 or 2767 Composition II 3
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
LEGL 1105 Torts & Contracts 3
LEGL 1111 Legal Research & Writing 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Summer Semester . .
BIO 1127 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
. or .
SOC 2380 American Race & Ethnic Relations 3
LEGL 2026 Administrative Law 3
LEGL 2024 Business Organizations 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 3 . .
COMM 1105 Oral Communication 3
. or .
COMM 1110 Small Group Communications 3
LEGL 2012 Advanced Legal Research 3
LEGL 2005 Civil Practice & Procedure 3
LEGL 2XXX Technical Elective 2
LEGL 2XXX Technical Elective 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 4 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list 3
LEGL 2014 Family Law 3
LEGL 2815 Legal Practicum/Seminar 2
LEGL 2XXX Technical Elective 2
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 63-64

Technical Electives

The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

Litigation:

LEGL 2010 Criminal Law & Procedure 3
LEGL 2015 Electronic Discovery 3
LEGL 2038 Insurance Law 2
LEGL 2043 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3

Technology:

LEGL 2050 Intellectual Property 3
LEGL 2051 Computer Assisted Legal Research 2

General Practice:

LEGL 2018 Probate Law 3
LEGL 2019 Real Estate 3
LEGL 2023 Immigration Law 3
LEGL 2029 Certified Paralegal Exam Review 3
LEGL 2044 Debtor/Creditor Relations 2

Alternative Dispute Resolution:

LEGL 2043 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
LEGL 2072 Mediation 2
LEGL 2194 Special Topics in Paralegal 1-3

Approved General Education (GE) List

HUM
GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ARCH 2100 History of Architecture 3
HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500 3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I: 1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

Paralegal Studies Certificate (Post Baccalaureate Option)

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Semester 1 . .
LEGL 1101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies & Ethics 3
LEGL 1102 Law Office Technology 3
LEGL 1105 Torts & Contracts 3
LEGL 1111 Legal Research & Writing 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 2 . .
LEGL 2012 Advanced Legal Research 3
LEGL 2024 Business Organizations 3
LEGL 2026 Administrative Law 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
Semester 3 . .
LEGL 2005 Civil Practice & Procedure 3
LEGL 2014 Family Law 3
LEGL 2XXX Technical Elective 2 - 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8 - 9
Semester 4 . .
LEGL 2815 Legal Practicum/Seminar 2
LEGL 2XXX Technical Elective 2 - 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 4-5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 33-35

Technical Electives

The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

LEGL 2010 Criminal Law & Procedure 3
LEGL 2015 Electronic Discovery 3
LEGL 2018 Probate Law 3
LEGL 2019 Real Estate 3
LEGL 2023 Immigration Law 3
LEGL 2029 Certified Paralegal Exam Review 3
LEGL 2038 Insurance Law 2
LEGL 2043 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
LEGL 2050 Intellectual Property 3
LEGL 2072 Mediation 2