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PARALEGAL (EVENING PROGRAM)

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science with a major in Paralegal

To provide a comprehensive technical education that prepares graduates for challenging career as a Paralegal who works under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.

Paralegals assist lawyers in their professional responsibilities. For example, they help lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals interview clients, investigate the facts of cases, and identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases. They draft written reports that help prepare the legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and assist attorneys during trials. A paralegal operates under the direct supervision of the attorney, paralegals must be mindful of prohibitions against lay persons practicing law.

Paralegals are found in all types of organizations, but most are employed by law firms, corporate legal departments, and various government offices. In these organizations, they can work in many different areas of the law, including litigation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate. According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2004-05 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median income is approximately $37,950 including bonuses. The projected growth for job opportunities is projected to increase 21-35% through 2012.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: None
College: None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: ENG, LEG, PSY

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

General Education Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
ENG 101 English Composition I
*Take First 8-week Term
3 0 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3 0 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3 0 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
18 0 18

Required Major Core Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
LEG 120 Torts 3 0 3
LEG 121 Business Law I 3 0 3
LEG 135 Introduction To Law And Ethics 3 0 3
LEG 213 Family Law 3 0 3
LEG 231 Criminal Law 3 0 3
LEG 233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate 3 0 3
18 0 18

Other Hours Required for Graduation


Course Class Lab Credit
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications 3 0 3
LEG 132 Legal Bibliography 3 0 3
LEG 201 Civil Litigation I 3 0 3
LEG 214 Property Law 3 0 3
LEG 222 Constitutional Law 3 0 3
LEG 230 Legal Writing 3 0 3
LEG 232 Law Office Management 3 0 3
LEG 236 Advanced Legal Writing 3 0 3
LEG 240 Claims Investigation 3 0 3
OR
LEG 216 Administrative Law 3 0 3
LEG 242 Law Practice Workshop
*Must be a 2nd-year LEG student with a 2.0 GPA
1 8 3
LEG 244 Special Projects For Paralegals
*Must be a 2nd-year LEG student with a 2.0 GPA
1 8 3
29 16 33
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  69

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
ENG 101 English Composition I
*Take First 8-week Term
3 0 3
LEG 132 Legal Bibliography 3 0 3
LEG 135 Introduction To Law And Ethics 3 0 3
LEG 222 Constitutional Law 3 0 3
12 0 12

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
ENG 102 English Composition II 3 0 3
LEG 201 Civil Litigation I 3 0 3
LEG 230 Legal Writing 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
12 0 12

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
LEG 214 Property Law 3 0 3
LEG 231 Criminal Law 3 0 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3 0 3
9 0 9

SEMESTER 4 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
LEG 213 Family Law 3 0 3
LEG 233 Wills, Trusts, and Probate 3 0 3
LEG 236 Advanced Legal Writing 3 0 3
9 0 9

SEMESTER 5 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications 3 0 3
LEG 120 Torts 3 0 3
LEG 121 Business Law I 3 0 3
9 0 9

SEMESTER 6 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
LEG 232 Law Office Management 3 0 3
LEG 240 Claims Investigation 3 0 3
OR
LEG216Administrative Law 3 0 3
LEG 242 Law Practice Workshop
*Must be a 2nd-year LEG student with a 2.0 GPA
1 8 3
7 8 9

SEMESTER 7 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
LEG 244 Special Projects For Paralegals
*Must be a 2nd-year LEG student with a 2.0 GPA
1 8 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3 0 3
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
7 8 9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  69

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Tracy Evans

Waiting List: No

Local Starting Salary: $25,000.00

Local Average Salary: $31,000.00

National Starting Salary: $30,000.00

National Average Salary: $41,000.00