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Associate of Science Degree

Paralegal

Objectives

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

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CO2520
Communications+

This course focuses on the history, principles and techniques of interpersonal, organizational and mass communications, and on communicating using written, verbal and visual formats. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
EN1320
Composition I+

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4.5
EN1420
Composition II+

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with emphasis on rhetorical structures, argumentation and research. Students study how to make strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
MA1210
College Mathematics I+

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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4.5
PS1350
American Government+

This course examines principles and theory related to the United States federal government, including the development and foundations of the U.S. Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties, the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
SC1130
Survey of the Sciences+

This survey course is designed to familiarize the student with the methods of rational inquiry and problem solving in the sciences. Students will explore a selection of topics in the scientific fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science, to develop basic scientific literacy and the ability to critically analyze issues of science. This course includes a laboratory component.

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4.5
Subtotal 27.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
LE1430
Fundamentals of Criminal Law+

4.5 credits hours

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4.5
LE2630
Fundamentals of Constitutional Law+

4.5 credits hours

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4.5
PL1110
Introduction to Paralegal+

This course provides an overview of the paralegal's role in the legal services industry, including an introduction to client interaction, case preparation, legal research, courtroom assistance and related ethical considerations. The structure of the American legal system and its processes are examined.

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4.5
PL1240
Research and Writing for the Paralegal I+

This course introduces students to the process of legal research, and explores basic skills and techniques necessary to create effective written legal documents. Study includes focus on ethical considerations in conducting legal research. Prerequisite: PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent

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4.5
PL1250
Law Office Technology+

This course introduces students to software applications used in law offices. Students create documents, spreadsheets and electronic presentations for trial. Students work with database and case management software, and study the ethical implications of electronic discovery. Prerequisites: PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent, GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4.5
PL1310
Introduction to Civil Litigation+

This course introduces students to the litigation process in civil courts. Students prepare for client interviews, gather and assemble case facts, and create various civil trial and appellate documents. Students examine ethical issues related to civil litigation. Prerequisite: PL1240 Research and Writing for the Paralegal I or equivalent

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4.5
PL1340
Research and Writing for the Paralegal II+

Building on principles of legal research and writing, this course expands the research process to include analysis and validation of case law. Students write a case brief, an internal memorandum of law and other legal documents. Prerequisite: PL1240 Research and Writing for the Paralegal I or equivalent

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4.5
PL1410
Fundamentals of Tort Law+

This course is an overview of fundamentals of tort law. Students explore liability and compensation concerns related to civil wrongdoing. Students apply principles of intentional torts, negligence and strict liability to a variety of elements of torts. Students also study ethics and personal responsibility. Prerequisite: PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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4.5
PL2520
Fundamentals of Family Law+

This course is an overview of fundamentals of family law, including prenuptial agreements, marriage, adoption, separation, divorce, property division, spousal support, child custody and support, visitation and paternity actions. Students focus on procedures and legal documents related to family law. Prerequisite: PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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4.5
PL2525
Fundamentals of Contract Law+

This course is an overview of fundamentals of contract law, including contractual elements and standard contractual provisions, contract provisions in selected practice areas, the Statute of Frauds and the Uniform Commercial Code. Students draft simple contracts and study the ethics of contractual relationships. Prerequisite: PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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4.5
PL2799
Paralegal Capstone Project+

This course provides a culminating experience in the Paralegal program. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate competency and knowledge they have developed throughout the program. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 75 credits earned in the program of study including PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 49.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Elective Core Course+*
4.5
Subtotal 4.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
GS1140
Problem Solving Theory+

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

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4.5
GS1145
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

This course reviews characteristic and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professionals and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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4.5
GS2745
Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional+

This course focuses on skills, characteristics and attitudes that contribute to professional life. Topics include personal integrity, business communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, financial literacy, professional work habits, networking and social media, and lifelong learning. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 65 credits earned in the program of study including GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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3.0
Subtotal 12.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
93.0
Subtotal 93.0

Notes

+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.