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Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

The Paralegal Studies program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare students as paralegals. As the legal industry experiences transformation due to economic and technological changes, opportunities for accomplished and technically-savvy paralegals have increased significantly. Paralegal students receive education in many different facets of law, including the use of computers, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution. The Paralegal Studies Program combines academic rigor with legal and technical competencies to develop well-rounded legal professionals. Our graduates pursue successful careers as paralegals in legal, corporate, non-profit, or government organizations, and many continue to law school.

In 1998, the Paralegal Studies program was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Some courses are available via distance education, but in accordance with ABA requirements, a minimum of 10 semester credits of legal specialty courses must be taken in a traditional classroom setting (face-to-face). Paralegals are prohibited from the practice of law except when allowed by law or court rule.

Total Major Credits (25 credits)

Required Courses (22 credits)

PLS 100 Introduction to Law and Legal Studies  
PLS 101 Criminal Law for the Paralegal  
PLS 110 Emerging Technologies and the Legal Environment  
PLS 210 Legal Research and Writing I  
PLS 221 Law of Contracts  
PLS 222 Law of Business Organizations  
PLS 310 Litigation I  
PLS 400 Legal Ethics (1 Credit)

Major Electives (3 credits)
Select one course in Paralegal Studies course electives.

Core Curriculum (21 credits)

Includes two writing courses (Expository Writing and Critical
Writing for the Professional) a Mathematics skills course;
Introduction to Public Speaking; Social Science; one liberal arts
electives and at one of the following approved courses from the
following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts for
a total of 21 credits.

Electives (15 credits)

Total Credits required to Graduate (61 credits)