Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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For more than three decades, the Paralegal program has been educating and training students to meet the needs of the local legal market, while providing students with opportunities beyond the law office environment. The program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, the National Association of Legal Assistants / Paralegals, and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

The objectives of the program are to (1) train students for employment as paralegals in a variety of legal settings; (2) provide opportunities for students who wish to upgrade existing job skills; and (3) provide coursework and transfer information to students who are interested in continuing their education.

Graduates will be qualified to perform basic legal research, draft various legal documents, conduct client and witness interviews, participate in basic fact-finding and investigation, and assist in trial preparation. They will also be knowledgeable about the rules of professional and ethical conduct.

Graduates are not authorized to practice law. The Paralegal program provides training perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

General Education Courses Part I

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

MAT 107

Career Math or higher

3

POS 111

American Government: SS1

3

 

 

15-16

General Education Part II

Select 2 courses (6-9 credit hours) from the General Education Electives for AAS Degrees and Certificates.

Technology Requirement

Paralegal students are required to take CIS 118 or an alternate course as described herein. Students entering with strong computer skills are urged to request a waiver of CIS 118 by applying to the Division of Mathematics and Technology. Waiving will require proof of competency via completion of a self-test and a structured interview with a faculty member from the CIS or CSC department. Waiver requires the credits be replaced by a computer course from the list below.

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

CIS 135

Complete PC Word Processing

3

CIS 145

Complete PC Database

3

CIS 155

PC Spreadsheet Concepts

3

CIS 165

Complete Presentation Graphics

3

Other Course Requirements

NOTE: Students must successfully complete any College Preparatory (under 100 level) courses before enrolling in PAR 115 or subsequent PAR courses.

PAR 114

Computers & the Law

3

PAR 115

Introduction to Law

3

PAR 116

Torts

3

PAR 118

Contracts

3

PAR 125

Property Law

3

PAR 127

Legal Ethics

3

PAR 201

Civil Litigation

3

PAR 211

Legal Research

3

PAR 212

Legal Writing

3

Elective

Choose twelve (12) hours from the list below

12

 

39

Total Credit Hours

63-67

Approved Electives

Choose twelve (12) credit hours from the electives below.

CRJ 111

Substantive Criminal Law

3

CRJ 112

Procedural Criminal Law

3

CRJ 210

Constitutional Law

3

CRJ 216

Juvenile Law & Procedures

3

MED 101

Introduction to Mediation

3

PAR 117

Family Law

3

PAR 205

Criminal Law

3

PAR 206

Business Organizations

3

PAR 208

Probate & Estates

3

PAR 218

Bankruptcy Law

3

PAR 287

Cooperative Education

3

Certificate

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://www.ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/paralegal-legal-assistant/paralegal-legal-assistant-gedt.

PAR 114

Computers & the Law

3

PAR 115

Introduction to Law

3

PAR 116

Torts

3

PAR 118

Contracts

3

PAR 125

Property Law

3

PAR 127

Legal Ethics

3

PAR 201

Civil Litigation

3

PAR 211

Legal Research

3

PAR 212

Legal Writing

3

Elective

Choose twelve (12) hours from the list below

12

Total Credit Hours

39

Approved Electives

CRJ 111

Substantive Criminal Law

3

CRJ 112

Procedural Criminal Law

3

CRJ 210

Constitutional Law

3

CRJ 216

Juvenile Law & Procedures

3

MED 101

Introduction to Mediation

3

PAR 117

Family Law

3

PAR 205

Criminal Law

3

PAR 206

Business Organizations

3

PAR 208

Probate & Estates

3

PAR 218

Bankruptcy Law

3

PAR 287

Cooperative Education

3