Academic Catalog 2020-2021

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Paralegal Studies, Associate of Arts

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 use appropriate technology or other resources in performing legal research.
  5. The student is able to review laws and legal opinions.
General Education Requirements
BUSN 1150Survey of Microcomputer App3
ENGL 1010English Composition I3
ENGL 1020English Composition II3
MATH 1200Survey of Mathematical Concept (or higher)3
Humanities Elective3
Social Science Electives6
Natural Science Electives6
Fine Arts Elective3
Major Courses 1
PARL 1000Intro to Law and the Para Prof3
PARL 1050Litigation3
PARL 1100Legal Research3
PARL 2000Case Analysis and Writing3
PARL 2500Paralegal Practicum3
Paralegal Electives 2
Select four Paralegal electives12
Approved Elective
Select one approved elective3
Total Hours60

Paralegal Electives

PARL 1200Business Associations3
PARL 2050Evidence3
PARL 2100The Law of Torts and Prod Liab3
PARL 2150Insurance Law3
PARL 2200Contracts3
PARL 2250Criminal Procedure3
PARL 2300Domestic Law and Litigation3
PARL 2350Special Topics: Discovery3
PARL 2600Notary Public Law & Prep3
BUSN 2190Legal Environment of Business3
BUSN 2200Business Law3
OFCR 1400College Keyboarding3
OFCR 1450Speed-Building Strategies3
OFCR 2100Advanced Typing3
OADM 1500Administrtv Office Procedures3
OFCR 1510Legal Typing & Transcription3
OADM 1710Advanced Legal Transcription3
SPTP Special topics in law
Any PARL course approved by advisor

 Approved Electives

BUSN 1600Word Processing3
BUSN 2190Legal Environment of Business3
BUSN 2200Business Law3
ENVN 1030Environmental Law3
OFCR 1400College Keyboarding3
OFCR 1450Speed-Building Strategies3
OFCR 2100Advanced Typing3
OADM 1500Administrtv Office Procedures3
OADM 1510Legal Typing3
OADM 1710Advanced Legal Transcription3
POLI 1100American Government3
POLI 2610Constitutional Law3
SOCI 2090Criminology3
SOCI 2400Juvenile Delinquency3
SPTP Special topics in law
Any PARL course approved by advisor