School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Paralegal Studies: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Springfield, IL Campus

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The purpose of this program is to help students prepare for entry-level positions as paralegals. Areas of study include ethics, legal research and writing, law office technology, and specific areas of the law, such as criminal law, corporate law and litigation, among others. The program is also intended to help the student develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may begin their career in a variety of entry-level positions such as corporate paralegal, real estate paralegal, litigation paralegal, and court paralegal.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to 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: computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, 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 96
General Education Courses
GE117 Composition I+ 4
GE127 College Mathematics I+ 4
GE150 Survey of the Sciences+ 4
GE175 American Government+ 4
GE184 Problem Solving+ 4
GE217 Composition II+ 4
GE375 Psychology+ 4
Subtotal 28
Core Courses
CJ123 Criminal Law+ 4
PL101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies+ 4
PL102 Ethics for Paralegals+ 4
PL103 Technology in the Law Office+ 4
PL104 Wills, Trusts and Estates+ 4
PL105 Real Estate Law+ 4
PL106 Legal Research and Writing I+ 4
PL201 Family Law+ 4
PL202 Civil Litigation+ 4
PL206 Legal Research and Writing II+ 4
PL207 Contract Law+ 4
PL208 Tort Law+ 4
PL299 Paralegal Capstone+ 4
Subtotal 52
Elective Core Courses
Unspecified Elective Core courses* 8
Technical Basic Courses
TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4
TB150 Computing and Productivity Software+ 4
Subtotal 8

+In this program, this(these) course(s) 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 BU222, CJ333 and PL270. The course descriptions for these courses are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The PL270 course involves an externship. Externship opportunities are limited and may not be available every quarter or for every student who desires to take PL270. Any student interested in PL270 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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