Paralegal (A.A.S.)

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.
The program will accept a maximum of 9 credits of paralegal specialty transfer credits. Paralegals are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits in a traditional or remote format at NCC.

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.

Course Descriptions: Online or PDF

A.A.S. Program
Hegis Code: 5099

Total Credits: 64-66

First Semester Credits
ACC 101 Accounting I 3
ENG 100 Enhanced Composition I or
ENG 101 Composition I or
ENG 108 The Craft of Composition / Honors English I(1)
LAW 103 Business Law I 3
LAW 200 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 or
ENG 109 The Art of Analysis / Honors English II
Laboratory Science Elective 4
LAW 104 Business Law II 3
LAW 209 Law Office Management 3
LAW 205 Legal Research and Writing(2) 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Third Semester Credits
HED Health Elective 2-3
LAW 204 Real Property 3
LAW 221 Litigation 3
Paralegal Elective(3) 6
Social Science Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 17-18
Fourth Semester Credits
Humanities Elective 3
LAW 206 Practicum or
Paralegal Elective
Paralegal Electives(3) 6
Social Science Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 15
  1. Depending of Placement
  2. LAW 205 Legal Research and Writing is a required paralegal course and is a prerequisite for most Paralegal specialty courses.
  3. Select four (4) Paralegal Electives:
    • LAW 202 Partnerships and Corporations
    • LAW 207 Torts and Personal Injury Law
    • LAW 208 Family Law
    • LAW 210 Bankruptcy/Debtor and Creditor Law
    • LAW 211 Legal Writing and Analysis
    • LAW 212 Elder Law
    • LAW 214 Law and Ethics in Medicine and Medical Malpractice
    • LAW 223 Estates and Administration

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