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Paralegal

Program Chair

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TCC’s Paralegal program prepares students for employment in the legal services as specialists who will provide assistance to attorneys or other legal professionals.

Students can earn an Associate in Applied Sciences degrees (Paralegal); or, with a previously earned Associate in Arts and Sciences or bachelor’s degree, the student may pursue the Paralegal Pro-Certificate. Students who transfer from other paralegal programs should read TCC’s credit transfer policy at www.tacomacc.edu/paralegal. Although the Associate in Applied Science degree is not a transfer degree, students interested in attending law school are encouraged to take advantage of the various law courses offered in this program.

TCC’s Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Paralegal and the Paralegal Preferred Pro-Certificate, students will:

  • Recognize ethical issues that arise in a legal work environment and apply rules of professional conduct to resolve them
  • Demonstrate oral and written skills that paralegals use on the job
  • Apply basic principles of legal analysis
  • Use computers and other technology for document production, law office management, and trial preparation
  • Demonstrate sensitivity through adaptability and flexibility in working with a diverse group of people
  • Manage multi-tasks while prioritizing them to meet deadlines

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR ENTRY

  • Assessment at college-level English and reading. A minimum C grade or higher in each course applied to the degree.
  • Students must retake required courses in which they earned C grades or lower. For elective courses in which C grades or lower are earned, students may retake the original course or choose to earn a C grade or higher in another elective course.

DEGREE/CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Paralegal Associate in Applied Sciences Degree Plan

(100 credits)

Note: PLST course prefix is formerly ADLJ through the end of fall quarter 2012.

  1. Core Requirements (56 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 and Writing I

5

PLST 152

Introduction 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 Procedure for Paralegals

5

PLST 232

Interviewing and Investigation

5

PLST 233

Internship I - Paralegal

5

PLST 239

Transition Planning

1

PLST 251

Legal Research and Writing II

3

PLST 253

Civil Procedure II

3

  1. Elective Courses (9 Credits)

Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following courses

PLST 221

Family Law

3

PLST 222

Probate/Estate Planning

3

PLST 223

Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

PLST 224

Real Estate Law

3

PLST 225

Bankruptcy Law

3

PLST 226

Administrative Law

3

PLST 228

Employment and Labor Law

3

PLST 230

Business Organization/ Corporations

3

PLST 231

Contracts/Commercial Transactions

3

PLST 234

Internship II - Paralegal

5

PLST 235

Evidence and e-Discovery

5

  1. Completion Requirements (35 Credits)

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

5

CMST& 220

Public Speaking

5

BUS 110

Business Math

5

or MATH 90

Elementary Algebra

 

Natural Science

See note below*

5

Political Science/ History

See note below*

5

Sociology/ Psychology

See note below*

5

Multicultural Course

See note below*

5

*Any course identified as meeting the respective requirement for TCC’s Associate of Arts & Sciences degree

Paralegal Preferred Pro-Certificate

(55 credits)
Note: PLST course prefix is formerly ADLJ through the end of fall quarter 2012.

To enter this certificate program, students must show evidence of completion of Associate in Arts & Sciences or a Bachelor of Arts degrees, earn a minimum C grade or higher in all required paralegal courses, and provide evidence of meeting related study requirements. Note: PLST course prefix is formerly ADLJ through the end of fall quarter 2012.

  1. Core Requirements (52 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 and Writing I

5

PLST 152

Introduction to Civil Law

5

PLST 153

Civil Procedure

5

PLST 154

Computer Applications in the Law

3

PLST 156

Criminal Procedure for Paralegals

5

PLST 232

Interviewing and Investigation

5

PLST 233

Internship I - Paralegal

5

PLST 239

Transition Planning

1

PLST 251

Legal Research and Writing II

3

PLST 253

Civil Procedure II

3

  1. Elective Courses (3 Credits)

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following:

PLST 221

Family Law

3

PLST 222

Probate/Estate Planning

3

PLST 223

Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

PLST 224

Real Estate Law

3

PLST 225

Bankruptcy Law

3

PLST 226

Administrative Law

3

PLST 228

Employment and Labor Law

3

PLST 230

Business Organization/Corporation

3

PLST 231

Contracts/Commercial Transactions

3

PLST 234

Internship II - Paralegal

5

PLST 235

Evidence and e-Discovery

5

 
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