About the Program
This program provides coursework required for an Associate of Applied Science Degree that leads to positions in legal environments. A paralegal, under the supervision of an attorney, applies knowledge of law and legal procedures in rendering direct assistance to attorneys, clients, and courts. They may conduct initial client interviews and follow up on investigation of factual information. Paralegals design, develop and modify procedures, techniques, services and processes; prepare and interpret legal documents; and detail procedures for practicing in certain fields of law. Paralegals research, select, assess, compile, and use information from the law library and other references, and analyze and handle procedures and problems that involve independent decisions.
Employment and internships in the legal field will often require a background check. Violations which appear on the applicant's criminal background check may result in denied approval for required internships and the inability to complete the program.
Program of Study
GEM 1 - Written Communication take 3 credits, take at least 1 course3 creditsComplete ENGL-101 or ENGL-101P with a minimum grade of C-.ENGL101 - Writing and Rhetoric I3 creditsENGL101P - Writing and Rhetoric I3 credits
GEM 2 - Oral Communication3 creditsComplete COMM-101 with a minimum grade of C-.COMM101 - Fundamentals of Oral Comm3 credits
GEM 6 - Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing take 3 credits, take at least 1 course3 creditsComplete 1 Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing CourseAIST101 - American Indian Studies3 creditsANTH100 - Intro to Anthropology3 creditsCHD134 - Infancy-Middle Childhood3 creditsCJ103 - Intro to Criminal Justice3 creditsCOMJ140 - Mass Media in a Free Society3 creditsCOMM233 - Interpersonal Communication3 creditsECON201 - Principles of Macroeconomics3 creditsECON202 - Principles of Microeconomics3 creditsHIST101 - World History I3 creditsHIST102 - World History II3 creditsHIST103 - History of Civ 20th Century3 creditsHIST111 - United States History I3 creditsHIST112 - United States History II3 creditsPOLS101 - American National Government3 creditsPOLS237 - International Politics/Problem3 creditsPSYC101 - Introduction to Psychology3 creditsSOC101 - Introduction to Sociology3 creditsSOC102 - Social Problems3 credits
Paralegal Requirements take the following courses, take 47 credits47 creditsComplete the following: CAOT-115, CAOT-120, CAOT-121, CAOT-130, CAOT-140, CAOT-183, CAOT-184, CAOT-205, CAOT-210, CAOT-250, PLEG-105, PLEG-110, PLEG-115, PLEG-201, PLEG-210, PLEG-220, PLEG-230, PLEG-250, PLEG-260, PLEG-280, and PLEG-290 with a minimum grade of C-.CAOT115 - Outlook1 creditCAOT120 - Word Processing/Word I1 creditCAOT121 - Word Processing/Word II1 creditCAOT130 - Spreadsheets/Excel I1 creditCAOT140 - Database/Access I1 creditCAOT183 - Business Editing & Proofread3 creditsCAOT184 - Records Systems Management3 creditsCAOT205 - Business Doc Format/Transcript2 creditsCAOT210 - Office Procedures3 creditsCAOT250 - Office Skills Capstone1 creditPLEG105 - Civil Procedure and Litigation3 creditsPLEG110 - Introduction to Law2 creditsPLEG115 - Legal Terminology1 creditPLEG201 - Legal Ethics1 creditPLEG210 - Legal Research and Writing I4 creditsPLEG220 - Legal Research and Writ Ing II4 creditsPLEG230 - Evidence3 creditsPLEG250 - Family Law3 creditsPLEG260 - Criminal Law and Procedure3 creditsPLEG280 - Torts and Contracts3 creditsPLEG290 - Paralegal Internship I3 credits
GEM 3 - Mathematical Ways of Knowing take 3-5 credits, take at least 1 course3 - 5 creditsSelect one of the followingMATH123 - Math in Modern Society3 creditsMATH130 - Finite Mathematics4 creditsMATH143 - College Algebra3 creditsMATH160 - Survey of Calculus4 creditsMATH147 - College Algebra & Trigonometry5 creditsMATH170 - Calculus I4 creditsMATH253 - Statistical Methods3 credits
AAS Institutionally Designated Courses3 credits
* Please note that you must meet with an advisor each semester in order to verify degree completion time as well as online course offerings for the program requirements.