Paralegal Program Curriculum

Associate of Applied Sciences Paralegal Degree Program Requirements

 The Paralegal Degree consists of 100 credits of instruction and can be completed in a two-year period.  Students who successfully complete this program will receive an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Paralegal Studies.

 

Core Required Courses—*Students must complete all 56 credits

Course #

Course Name

Credits

CU 105

Word I, Excel I

5

MO 106

Professional Document Production

2

PLST 149

Writing Basics for Paralegals

3

PLST 150

Paralegal Fundamentals and Ethics

5

PLST 151

Legal Research & Writing I

5

PLST 152

Intro to Civil Law

5

PLST 153

Civil Procedure I

5

PLST 154

Computer Applications in the Law

3

PLST 155

Health/Dealing with Stress

1

PLST 156

Criminal Procedures for Paralegals

5

PLST 232

Interviewing & Investigation

5

PLST 233

Internship I

 5

PLST 239

Transition Planning

1

PLST 251

Legal Research & Writing II

3

PLST 253

Civil Procedure II

3

 

General Education Requirements —*Students must complete all 35 credits

Course #

Course Name

Credits

ENGL 101

College Freshman Comp

5

 

Sociology or Psychology

5

 

Political Science or History

5

 

Natural Science on AA Distribution List*

5

 

Multicultural course on AA Distribution List

5

CMST& 220

Public Speaking

5

 

 

Math 90 or Business Math

5

*Note – ANTH 205 Biological Anthropology, BIOL 170, and BIOL 175 are the only natural science course that does not require MATH 90 as a prerequisite or that will accept BUS 110 as the math prerequisite.

Legal Specialty Elective Courses —*Students must complete 9 credits

Course #

Course Name

Credits

PLST 221

Family Law     

3

PLST 222

Probate/Estate Planning

3

PLST 223

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

3

PLST 224

Real Estate Law

3

PLST 225

Bankruptcy Law

3

PLST 226

Administrative Law

3

PLST 228

Employment Law

3

PLST 230

Business Organizations/Corporations

3

PLST 231

Contracts/Commercial Transactions

3

PLST 234

Internship II

5

PLST courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.       

 

Paralegal Pro-Certificate Program Requirements

The Paralegal Preferred Pro-Certificate consists of 55 credits of instruction and is designed to enhance the career potential of those planning to enter the paralegal profession.  This certificate program can lead to better placement, promotions, and salaries in the legal field. The Preferred Pro-Certificate is awarded to students who have completed an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree and the 55 credits of paralegal certificate coursework.                       

*The Paralegal Preferred Pro-Certificate is awarded to students who have completed a Bachelor of Arts or Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and the 55 credits of paralegal certificate coursework.

 

Required Courses—*Students must complete all 52 credits

Course #

Course Name

 Credits

CU 105

Word I, Excel I

5

MO 106

Professional Document Production

2

PLST 150

Paralegal Fundamentals and Ethics

5

PLST

151

Legal Research & Writing I

5

PLST

152

Intro to Civil Law

5

PLST

153

Civil Procedure I

5

PLST

154

 Computer Applications in the Law

3

PLST

156

Criminal Procedure for Paralegals

5

PLST

232

Interviewing & Investigation

5

PLST

233

Internship I (*Prereq: ADLJ 150, Typing [OFF 106] or waiver test, and Computer Skills) 

5

PLST

239

Transition Planning

1

PLST

251

Legal Research & Writing II

3

PLST

253

Civil Procedure II

3

Recommended but not required: PLST 149, CU 108

 

Legal Specialty Elective Courses —*Students must complete 3 credits

Course #

Course Name

 Credits

PLST

221

Family Law     

3

PLST

222

Probate/Estate Planning

3

PLST

223

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

3

PLST

224

Real Estate Law

3

PLST

225

Bankruptcy Law

3

PLST

226

Administrative Law

3

PLST

228

Employment Law

3

PLST

230

Business Organization/Corporations

3

PLST

231

Contracts/Commercial Transactions

3

PLST

234

Internship II

5

          PLST courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

 

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The Preferred Pro-Certificate is available to students who have already completed an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 
 


Based on the curriculum you see listed above, students will be required to use computers extensively during their course of study as well as in the profession. Click "Next" for further detail regarding computer requirements and technical support.

 


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