Paralegal (PAL)

This program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for entry-level employment as paralegals. Students enrolled in the program complete a combination of legal specialty, business, liberal arts, and elective courses which will prepare them to work in law offices, banks, insurance companies, government agencies, corporations, and other types of organizations that deal with legal matters.

Such work normally is done under the supervision of an attorney. Legal specialty courses emphasize the role of the paralegal in dealing with clients, documents, and procedures.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Paralegal (PAL) will be able to:

  • Articulate the role of paralegals in the legal system and develop an awareness of potential ethical issues that may arise and ethical duties that exist in the legal work environment;

  • Use critical thinking skills to apply substantive legal principles in order to analyze and resolve legal problems;

  • Apply the basic principles of legal research in an accurate, effective, and efficient manner;

  • Articulate an understanding of the techniques of legal analysis and writing and develop written communication skills to communicate the results of research and analysis in an appropriate format and tone;

  • Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of print and electronic legal research resources.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 101

Composition I

3

GOV 151

Introduction To Law

3

PAL 110

Fundamentals of Paralegalism

3

PAL 120

Legal Research

3

CIS 111

Computer Systems & Applications

3

TOTAL

 

15


Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II

3

GOV/HIS American History (Appendix D)

3

SPE 101 OR SPE 210

Public Speaking OR Small Group Communication

3

BUS 215

Business Law I

3

PAL 260

Legal Writing

3

WFE 101

Lifetime Wellness and Fitness

3

TOTAL

 

18


Third Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

 

Math (a) 

3-4

 

200-level PAL course (b)

3

 

200-level PAL course (b)

3

 

Paralegal Elective (b) 

3-4

TOTAL

 

15-17


Fourth Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

 

200-level PAL course (b)

3

 

200-level PAL course (b)

3

Paralegal Elective (c) 

3-4

Science (d)

 

4

Free Elective (e)

 

3-4

TOTAL

 

16-18

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

64

 


a. MAT 109 or above; Recommended: MAT 110 or MAT 118

b. PAL 200-level content-specific courses:  PAL 210 Family Law; PAL 220 Wills Trusts & Estates; PAL 230 Law of Business Organizations; PAL 240 Civil Litigation; and PAL 250 Real Property.  

c. Paralegal Electives: ACC 104, BUS 210, BUS 243, CRJ 265, GOV 222, PAL 290 (internship), PHI 107, PSY 134, SPE 201, and SPE 219.

d. Science courses: Applicable four-credit courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical sciences, physics. Recommended: BIO 103 Human Biology.

e. Read a full discussion of the free elective requirement. The subject area for the Paralegal Degree Program includes all courses labeled PAL.