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Paralegal Program 

Associate of Applied Science 

About

The Associate of Applied Science degree, Paralegal is approved by the American Bar Association and designed to train students for careers working as paralegals or legal assistants in law firms, governmental agencies, corporate legal departments, public service organizations, and other institutions. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and are not licensed to practice law.

Legal courses are taught by faculty who represent various aspects of the field of law and hold a high regard for academic and professional integrity. In addition to taking legal courses, an AAS student will satisfy their General Education Requirements

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Get on track with the Paralegal program or contact us if you're an employer who wishes to hire one of our well-trained students.

Jennifer A. Sorensen, J.D.
Program Chair and Faculty 

Pathway 

The path to achieve an Associate of Applied Science degree 

Core Required Courses 
General Education Requirements
Legal Specialty Elective Courses

 

Students must complete all 57 credits.

Core Requirements
Number Title Credits
CU 105 Word 1, Excel 1 5
PLST 106 Legal Document Production 3
PLST 149 Writing Basics for Paralegals 3
PLST 150 Paralegal Fundamentals and Ethics 5
PLST 151 Legal Research and 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 Procedure for Paralegals 5
PLST 232 Interviewing and Investigations 5
PLST 233 Internship 1 5
PLST 239 Transition Planning 1
PLST 251 Legal Research and Writing II 3
PLST 253  Civil Procedure II 3

 

Students must complete all 35 credits

(In effect 6 22 09) Math 90 or Business Math 5

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

General Requirements
Number Title Credits
ENGL 101 College Freshman Comp 5
  Sociology or Psychology on AA Distribution List 5
  Political Science or History on AA Distribution List 5
  Natural Science on AA Distribution List 5
CMST & 220 Public Speaking  5

 

  •  Students must complete nine credits 
  • *PLST courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better
Core Requirements
Number Title Credits
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 Law 3
PLST 230 Business Organizations/Corporations 3
PLST 231 Contracts/Commercial Transactions 3
PLST 234 Internship II 5
PLST 235 eDiscovery  3

 

What is my career potential as a paralegal?

 Paralegals are in high demand. Read more about salaries, employment opportunities and more. 

Get ready to join the exciting career of legal services 

 

Associate of Applied Science

 An associate degree program designed to prepare students for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant.

Paralegal Pro-Certificate 

Designed for those who already possess an associate or bachelor's degree and wish to enter the legal services profession.  

Limited License Legal Technician Preparation Certificate

Due to the Washington Supreme Court's recent decision to sunset the Limited License Legal Technician program, as of June 2020 we will no longer admit new students to the Limited License Legal Technician Preparation certificate. The associate's degree and Pro-Certificate options are not impacted and will remain open. All currently enrolled LLLT students may finish the courses at TCC but must contact the Washington State Bar Association at 206-443-9722 and LLLT@wsba.org to determine the necessary steps to complete the licensing requirements by July 31, 2020.

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