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Degree: Associate in Science (AS) - Paralegal Studies
Certificate:
Paralegal Studies

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within the degree and certificate templates, not necessarily in the order they should be taken.

Associate in Science (AS) - Paralegal Studies

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills for entry into paralegal careers in public or private law offices and law-related agencies.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 BTEC 121
 Word Processing I
 3
 or BTEC 122
 Business Document Design
5
 PLS 111
 Introduction to Law and the Legal Process
 5
 PLS 112
 Law Office Technology
 3
 PLS 120
 Civil Procedure and Litigation
 5
 PLS 127
 Legal Terminology
3
 PLS 130
 Legal Interview and Investigation Techniques
 3
 PLS 151
 Law Office Procedures and Legal Ethics
 5
 PLS 152
 Intro to Legal Research, Writing and Analysis
5
 PLS 175
 Contracts, Consumer Law and Access to Justice
 3
 Subtotal  35-37
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION  Credits
 BUS 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or Any course designated Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP) 5
 ENGL& 101  English Composition I (CM)
 5
 CMST& 101
 Introduction to Communication (HR)
 3 to 5
 or CMST& 210  Interpersonal Communication (HR)
3 to 5
 or Any course designated "OC"
3 to 5
 Enrollment in at least one course from each of the following areas: Humanities "H", Social/Behavioral Science "SS", Math/Science "MS" or "MSI"
 15 to 17
 Subtotal  30
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE  Credits
 It is highly recommended to select the following PLS courses as electives:

 PLS 210
 Legal, Documents, Admin Processes, Probate, Wills
3
 and/or PLS 220
 Real Estate Legal Procedures
3
 and/or PLS 240
 Family Law I
5
 It is recommended to select the following BUS course as an elective if interested in business law:
 
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
5
 and/or CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
2 to 5
 or Approved equivalent, by permission of program coordinator
 
 and/or Any PLS courses not counted as core requirements
 23 to 27
 Subtotal  25-27
 Total  90-94

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Certificate - Paralegal Studies

The program provides students with the knowledge and skills for entry into paralegal careers in public or private law offices and law-related agencies.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION Credits
 Evidence of earned bachelor's degree
 0
 Subtotal 0
 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 BTEC 121
 Word Processing I
 3
 or BTEC 122
 Business Document Design
5
 PLS 111
 Introduction to Law and the Legal Process
 5
 PLS 112
 Law Office Technology
 3
 PLS 120
 Civil Procedure and Litigation
5
 PLS 127
 Legal Terminology
3
 PLS 130
 Legal Interview and Investigation Techniques
 3
 PLS 151
 Law Office Procedures and Legal Ethics
 5
 PLS 152
 Intro to Legal Research, Writing and Analysis 5
 PLS 175
 Contracts, Consumer Law and Access to Justice
 3
 Subtotal  35-37
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 It is highly recommended to select the following PLS courses as electives:
 
 PLS 210
 Legal Documents, Admin Processes, Probate, Wills
 3
 and/or PLS 220
 Real Estate Legal Procedures
 3
 and/or PLS 240
 Family Law I
 5
 and/or CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
2 to 5
 It is recommended to select the following BUS course as an elective if interested in business law:
 
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
5
 and/or Any PLS courses not counted as core requirements
 13 to 18
 Subtotal  13-18
 Total  48-55

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