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Paralegal (A.A.S.) - The paralegal program, approved by the American Bar Association, is designed to give the graduate a broad understanding of the law, practical skills, and experience in a legal setting. Employment opportunities for paralegals exist in law offices, banks, insurance companies, private industry, title companies, and government. The paralegal works under the supervision of an attorney and can assist in all phases of practice except giving legal advice, appearing in court, and setting fees. Students should consult with the Department regarding opportunities available for transfer of credit.

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Paralegal
A.A.S. Program
Hegis Code: 5099

Total Credits: 65-67

Students who have an Associate or Baccalaureate degree should see information about the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program in this catalog. Because of the complexity of the program, students must be advised by the Paralegal Department. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all LAW courses.

First Semester Credits
ACC 101 Accounting I 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
LAW 103 Business Law I 3
LAW 300 Introduction to Law and the Legal System 3
Math Elective 3-4
PED Activity Course (s) 1
Total Semester Credits 16-17
   
Second Semester Credits
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Laboratory Science Elective 4
LAW 104 Business Law II 3
LAW 305 Legal Research and Writing* 3
LAW 309 Law Office Management 3
PED Activity Course (s) 1
Total Semester Credits 17
   
Third Semester Credits
LAW 301 Litigation 3
LAW 304 Real Property 3
Paralegal Elective** 6
Social Science Elective 3
HED Health Elective 2-3
Total Semester Credits 17-18
   
Fourth Semester Credits
LAW 306 Practicum or
Paralegal Elective
3
Paralegal Electives** (Select two courses) 6
Social Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 15
*LAW 305 Legal Research and Writing is a required paralegal course and is a prerequisite for most Paralegal specialty courses.
**Paralegal Electives:
LAW 302 Partnerships and Corporations,
LAW 303 Estates and Administration,
LAW 307 Torts and Personal Injury Law,
LAW 308 Family Law,
LAW 310 Bankruptcy/Debtor and Creditor Law,
LAW 311 Legal Writing and Analysis,
LAW 312 Elder Law.