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Previous courses Paralegal Studies (LEGL)

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 assisting process. The need for paralegal assistants 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 legal assistant hired for every attorney.

The nature of the paralegal assistant’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 legal assistant 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 Ph.D. degree.

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

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Paralegal Studies Associate Degree (LEGL)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
BOA 191 Word I 2
  or  
BOA 131 Keyboarding I 3
LEGL 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 4
LAWE 104 Government and the Law 3
LEGL 102 The Legal System 2
LEGL 103 Law Office Procedures and Management 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   17-18

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
MATH 101 Business Mathematics 5
  or  
MATH 102 Beginning Algebra I 4
CIT 101 PC Applications I 3
LEGL 111 Legal Research and Writing I 4
LEGL 114 Family Law 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   17-18

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
COMM 200 Business Communications 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
LEGL 112 Legal Research and Writing II 4
LEGL 119 Real Estate Transactions 3
LEGL 226 Administrative Law 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   18

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
COMM 105 Speech 3
  or  
COMM 110 Conference and Group Discussion 3
HUM XXX Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 or 224 5
LEGL 205 Litigation Practices and Procedures I 3
LEGL 201 General Practice 4
LEGL 210 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
LEGL 113 Legal Research and Writing III 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   21

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
NSCI 101 Natural Science I 5
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5
LEGL 235 Survey of Legal Software 2
LEGL 215 Paralegal Practicum I 2
LEGL 216 Paralegal Practicum Seminar I 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
LEGL 224 Probate Law and Practice 3
LEGL 220 Business Organizations 3
LEGL XXX Electives 5
LEGL 227 Paralegal Practicum II 2
LEGL 228 Paralegal Practicum Seminar II 1
LEGL 243 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   17
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   105-107

Recommended Electives

Course Name Credits
LEGL 230 Special Problems in Legal Assisting 2
LEGL 234 Litigation II 3
LEGL 238 Insurance Law 3
LEGL 240 Professional Malpractice 3
LEGL 232 Taxation 3
LEGL 244 Debtor/Creditor Relations 3
LEGL 250 Intellectual Property 4
LEGL 251 Computer Assisted Legal Research 3
LEGL 272 Mediation 4
LEGL 281 Social Security Practice and Procedure 4
LAWE 212 Ohio Criminal Code 4
LAWE 220 Constitutional Law 3
LAWE 215 Introduction to Cyberlaw 3
LAWE 260 Criminal Evidence and Trial 3
LEGL 222 Immigration Law 3
ACCT 106 Financial Accounting 5
ACCT 107 Managerial Accounting 5

*LEGL 261, 262, 263, 264, and 265 are not electives for Paralegal Studies. Credit toward graduation will not be given.

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Paralegal Studies Certificate (Post Baccalaureate Option)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
LEGL 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 4
LEGL 102 Legal Systems 2
LEGL 103 Law Office Procedures 3
LEGL 111 Legal Research and Writing I 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
LEGL 114 Family Law 3
LEGL 205 Litigation Practice and Procedure 3
LEGL 112 Legal Research and Writing II 4
LEGL 243 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
LEGL 119 Real Estate Transactions 3
LEGL 226 Administrative Law 3
LEGL 224 Probate Law and Practice 3
LEGL 210 Criminal Law and Procedures 3
LEGL 113 Legal Research and Writing III 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
LEGL 220 Business Organizations 3
LEGL 201 General Practice 4
LEGL 215 Paralegal Practicum I 2
LEGL 216 Paralegal Practicum Seminar I 1
LEGL 235 Survey of Legal Software 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   53