Associate of Arts (AA) Degree in Paralegal Studies
The Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies is for those students who wish to pursue a career as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant. This program will provide students with the skills and training to become effective Paralegals or Legal Assistants in Civil or Criminal Law Offices or Governmental Agencies.
Program Learning Outcomes
- To analyze Court Decisions and write Case Briefs for Court Cases at all levels of the Judicial System;
- To prepare legal documents under the supervision of an attorney;
- To conduct client interviews for potential civil and criminal cases under the supervision of an attorney;
- To know how to research and analyze current laws, statutes, regulations and Cases in Civil, Criminal and Administrative Areas of Law;
- To develop verbal and written competencies, permitting them to think critically and communicate effectively;
- To obtain analytical and technical skills;
- To gain sound understanding of legal practice in the United States;
- To work as paralegals for lawyers in both criminal and civil practices in businesses and corporations;
- To support attorneys in litigation and transactional fields through document drafting, legal research, evidence gathering, case management, and the litigation procedure;
- To demonstrate up-to-date skills in law office technology, including using specific applications, electronic filing, and appropriate word-processing software.;
- To produce various legal documents, such as discovery papers, motions, pleadings, forms as well as practice preparing specific documents such as wills, real estate contracts, among others;
- To identify and utilize the principles of legal ethics and professional responsibility;
- To demonstrate knowledge of their profession, with insight as to the dynamic role of the paralegal, employment trends and options, licensing and certification issues, paralegal networking organizations and professional development and;
- To cultivate substantive knowledge of the law in the following areas: the court systems, civil and criminal procedure, jurisdiction, torts, contracts, real estate, wills and estates, family and matrimonial law, and business organizations and corporations.
Students must complete all the required core courses (24 Credits). Each course is valued as 3 Credits.
PLG 100 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
PLG 115 Civil Procedure
PLG 126 Family Law
PLG 215 Criminal Law
PLG 220 Using computers in the Law Office
PLG 225 Worker’s Compensation Law
PLG 230 Bankruptcy Law
PLG 245 Legal Terminology
Each course is valued as 3 credits. Completion of 36 credits in General Education courses are part of the graduation requirements from this program. Total credits required for this program is 60.
Please refer to the University Catalog University Catalog or website for admissions requirements; transfer credits policy; and tuition fees.