Paralegal Studies AAS

A legal assistant is a highly skilled paraprofessional with specialized training who works under the direct supervision of an attorney. Job responsibilities require knowledge of law and legal procedures in rendering direct assistance to lawyers and clients and include such tasks as client interviewing, case investigation, preparation of pleadings, and conduct of legal research. The Legal Assisting program was planned in accordance with the American Bar Association and the American Association for Paralegal Education guidelines.

The complexity of legal concepts and procedures requires a demanding curriculum. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate of Science Degree. Legal assisting courses are usually offered in the evening so those employed may have the opportunity to enter this degree program.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

Legal Assisting

Total Degree Hours: 60

First Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

COSC 101/BUSN 130

MS Office Applications or MS Word & PP

3

ENGL 101

Composition

3

LAST 104

Administrative Agency Advocacy

3

MATH 101

General Math (or higher)

3

LAST 105

Legal Terminology

 3
 

Total Semester Hours

15

 

Second Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

ADOF 243

Text Editing and Machine Transcription

3

LAST 202

Civil Litigation

3

ADOF 251

Office Administration and Practice

3

CRMJ 163

Criminal Law

3

CRMJ 232

Criminal Justice

 3
 

Total Semester Hours

15

 

Third Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

BUSN 210

Business Law and Legal Environment

3

 

Restricted Elective- Choose From

3

COMM 212

Interpersonal Communications

 

COMM 208

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

 

BUSN 232

Business and Prof. Communications

 

LAST 201

Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3

 

Restricted Elective - Choose From:

3

LAST 106

Law of Domestic Relations

 

LAST 208

Real Estate Law I

 

Elective

Social/Behavior Science/Foreign Language

3

 

Total Semester Hours

15

 

Fourth Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

LAST 203

Estate Planning and Probation

3

CRMJ 212

Legal Research & Methodology

3

LAST 210

Business Organization /Government

3

 

Restricted Elective: Choose From:

3

LAST 106

Law of Domestic Relations

 

LAST 208

Real Estate Law I

 

LAST 209

Real Estate Law II

 

Elective

Social/Behavior Science/Foreign

3

 

Total Semester Hours

15

Evaluation Sheet

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

 

 

 

 

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