2020-2021 Catalog 
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Paralegal Studies - AAS

The Paralegal Studies program is designed to prepare students for positions as paralegals in the legal and business fields. Individuals who are already employed in the legal field and seeking advancement opportunities may also select this program of study. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and their work includes preparing legal documents, researching and compiling information, and communicating with clients. Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as computer literacy skills, are important to the paralegal.

Credit Hours Required: 61

Note: This degree is primarily designed to prepare students for direct employment. Students who are preparing to transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution for an advanced degree in paralegal studies should contact an academic advisor for assistance in establishing an educational plan.

Note: This program can be completed entirely online. Not all general education options or program electives are offered online, however there will be a variety of online classes from which to choose in order to meet the requirements.


Paralegal Studies AAS Suggested Course Sequence  

AAS General Education Requirements (19 credits)

Note: 1 Select from two different prefixes


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Paralegal Studies Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Interview witnesses and interact with clients, conduct investigative work, manage cases, conduct legal research, draft legal pleadings, prepare legal documents and apply legal procedures in areas of real estate, corporate law, probate, mediation, litigation, family law, administrative law, bankruptcy law and criminal law. (LAW100, LAW205, LAW217, LAW218, LAW220, LAW221)
  2. Apply written, oral and interpersonal skills in the legal and business settings. (LAW100, LAW217, LAW218, LAW220, LAW221)
  3. Identify and evaluate technology needs and apply and adapt required skills to the rapidly changing legal and business community. (LAW102, LAW215)
  4. Proficiently use word processing software and identify and adapt to different types of computer applications. (CSA 126, LAW102)
  5. Identify ethical issues and apply the values of professional responsibility. (LAW100, LAW103)​