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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 SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
ACC101: Financial Accounting I 3
BUS101: Introduction to Business 3
BUS115: College/Workplace Skills Seminar 1
ENG101: Standard Freshman composition 3
LAW101: Introduction to Law 3
COM101: Introduction To Human Communication 3
     
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
ENG201: Advanced Expository Writing 3
LAW103: Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
LAW111: Business Law I 3
LAW244: Partnership and Corporation Law 3
POL103: State and Local Politics and Government 3
Physical Education Electives 2
     
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
MAT103: Statistics I  
or MAT108: Mathematics and the Law 3
LAW202: Civil Litigation 3
LAW212: Business Law II 3
LAW240: Legal Research 3
*♦ Area Elective 3
     
FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
Laboratory Science Elective 4
LAW215: Law of Property 3
LAW246: Estates, Trusts and Wills 3
*♦ Area Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
     
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 64

*  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

These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.