School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Paralegal: Associate of Science Degree
Phoenix, AZ Campus

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This program exposes students to fundamental skills utilized in a variety of entry-level paralegal and legal assistant positions and offers a foundation to help students develop knowledge and skills. The program introduces the fundamentals of ethics, legal research and writing, law office technology and specific areas of the law, such as criminal law, family law, wills, trusts and estates, and litigation, among others. Students are exposed to teamwork concepts, technology and multiple approaches to problem solving.

Career Opportunities

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level paralegal and legal assistant positions.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to the Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computers, pertinent software, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Program Total 93.0
General Education Courses
CO2520 Communications+ 4.5
EN1320 Composition I+ 4.5
EN1420 Composition II+ 4.5
MA1210 College Mathematics I+ 4.5
PS1350 American Government+ 4.5
SC1130 Survey of the Sciences+ 4.5
Subtotal 27.0
Core Courses
LE1430 Fundamentals of Criminal Law+ 4.5
LE2630 Fundamentals of Constitutional Law+ 4.5
PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal+ 4.5
PL1240 Research and Writing for the Paralegal I+ 4.5
PL1250 Law Office Technology+ 4.5
PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation+ 4.5
PL1340 Research and Writing for the Paralegal II+ 4.5
PL1410 Fundamentals of Tort Law+ 4.5
PL2520 Fundamentals of Family Law+ 4.5
PL2525 Fundamentals of Contract Law+ 4.5
PL2799 Paralegal Capstone Project+ 4.5
Subtotal 49.5
Elective Core Courses
Unspecified Elective Core course+* 4.5
General Studies Courses
GS1140 Problem Solving Theory+ 4.5
GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4.5
GS2745 Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 3.0
Subtotal 12.0

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

*Courses offered at this school that satisfy the Unspecified Elective Core course requirement are BU2760, PL2610, PL2615 and PL2699. The course descriptions for these courses are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The PL2699 course involves an externship. Externship opportunities are limited and may not be available every quarter or for every student who desires to take PL2699. Any student interested in PL2699 must apply for and be selected for any externship opportunity that may be available at that time.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

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