PARALEGAL STUDIES / A.A.S. DEGREE

Ammerman - Grant
Hegis Code: 5099

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: PALG-AAS
 

     A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental/public agency, bank, industry or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. The paralegal program is designed neither for attorneys nor law office administrators. Paralegals are prohibited from performing the unauthorized practice of law.

     This curriculum, which is approved by the American Bar Association, provides students with a background in law as practiced in legal offices and trains them to prepare documents such as probate forms, title searches and closing statements, pleadings and discovery proceedings, legal memorandum, and corporate minutes and filings. Skilled use of the English language is essential, and a high level of verbal competence is required for completion of the curriculum. Knowledge of word processing software packages is strongly recommended.

     Not all legal courses are offered on each campus each semester. Students are strongly urged to meet with a paralegal academic advisor to plan their program. Failure to do so may result in delayed completion of the program.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     For entering students, minimum requirements for admission are an 80 high school average, Regents English, strong reading and writing skills, and a combined score of 1000 on the SAT or a composite score of 21 on the ACT. Continuing college students need 12 credits with a 3.0 GPA which include a B or better in ENG101 and LAW101. Students are admitted on a rolling basis, fall and spring, with most students who meet minimum standards admitted. Students who do not meet the admission criteria may be admitted on a provisional basis.

FIRST YEAR: 34.5 credits Credits
ACC101: Principles of Accounting I 4
BUS101: Introduction to Business 3
BUS115: College/Workplace Skills Seminar 1.5
ENG101: Standard Freshman composition 3
ENG201: Advanced Expository Writing 3
Humanities Elective 3
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW101: Introduction to Law 3
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW103: Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW111: Business Law I 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW244: Partnership and Corporation Law 3
POL103: State and Local Politics and Government 3
Physical Education 2
       
SECOND YEAR: 33-35 credits Credits
** Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum Area Electives (two courses) 6
BUS117: Business Communications 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW202: Civil Litigation 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW212: Business Law II 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW215: Law of Property 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW240: Legal Research 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum LAW246: Estates, Trusts and Wills 3
Mathematics / Science Electives (two courses) 6-8
Social Science Elective 3
       
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 67.5-69.5

* LAW101 and LAW103 are prerequisites for all required law courses in the Paralegal Program except LAW111 and LAW212.

**   Area Electives (any two courses):
  ACC218: Federal Income Taxation
CRJ101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ103: Substantive Criminal Law
CRJ107: Evidence and Procedural Law
LAW105: Law Office Management and Practices
LAW213: Paralegal Internship
LAW241: Legal Writing
LAW251: International Law

 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
Law 27 credits
Business 10 credits
English 6 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Math / Science 6-8 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Restricted Electives 6 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits
Physical Education 2 credits