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2023-2024 Catalog 
    
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Paralegal Studies Concentration, Arts and Sciences, A.A.


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The Paralegal Studies program provides a sequence of courses for students who plan to continue to a four-year degree program, either in Paralegal Studies or in a field appropriate for admission to law school. The program includes electives in business, history, and political science. Students should consult with faculty and advising staff as early as possible to discuss both career and educational goals.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101
 
English Composition
*(ENG 101E  and ENG 101P  are approved substitutions for ENG 101) 
3   ENG 102
or
ENG 112
Advanced English Composition
or
Technical Writing
3
MAT 109
or
MAT 115
Statistics
or
Quantitative Reasoning
3   Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Sciences 3
Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Sciences 3   Gen Ed Biological/Physical Science
*(of your two Science requirements, one must have a lab)
3
PLS 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3   Restricted Elective Choose from the list 3
PLS 102 Legal Research 3   PLS 103 Legal Writing and Documents 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3   Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3
Gen Ed Diversity 3   BUS 104 Legal Environment of Business 3
Gen Ed Biological/Physical Science
*(of your two Science requirements, one must have a lab)
4   PLS 203 Domestic Relations 3
PLS 105 Contracts and Torts 3   PLS 104 Principles of Litigation 3
PLS 202 Criminal Law & Procedure for Paralegal Studies 3   Elective Choose in consultation with advisor 2
TOTAL   16   TOTAL   14

General Education Requirements (31-32 Credits)


Arts/Humanities


Behavioral/Social Sciences


Biological/Physical Science


Diversity


English


*A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-101, ENG-101E, and ENG-101P

Restricted Electives (3 Credits)


Restricted elective credits should be selected in consultation with the coordinator of the Paralegal Studies program or a transfer advisor and the transfer institution in order to satisfy career and/or transfer goals. Please select one course from the list below:

Free Electives (1-2 Credits)


Electives should be selected in consultation with the coordinator of the Paralegal Studies program, transfer advisor, and/or the transfer institution. Some recommended courses are listed below:

Degree Requirement (60 Credits)


Note:


Students who have been convicted of certain crimes may be precluded from employment in this field and may affect internship placement. Please discuss concerns with the Paralegal Studies program coordinator.

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