Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies Program

The College of Continuing Professional Studies offers an associate of science in paralegal studies. A paralegal is a person with specialized training who assists lawyers. Our paralegal studies program provides the student with a solid foundation in civil litigation, business law, real estate law, torts, family law, and the law of wills, trusts, and estates. Students enroll in this program to pursue career advancement in legal environments such as private law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental agencies.

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies Curriculum

In addition to general education requirements, students pursuing the associate of science degree in paralegal studies are required to complete the following 27 hours of coursework:

LEGA 100: Introduction to the Law for the Paralegal (3 hours)
LEGA 105: Legal Research (3 hours)
LEGA 106: Legal Writing (3 hours)
LEGA 201: Interviewing and Investigating (3 hours)
LEGA 261: Litigation (3 hours)
LEGA 262: Tort Law (3 hours)
LEGA 263: Social Security/Workers Compensation Law (3 hours)
LEGA 264: Family Law
LEGA 275: Paralegal Practicum (3 hours)

Students must have a cumulative GPA. of 2.75 in the LEGA core requirement courses (LEGA 100, LEGA 105, LEGA 201, LEGA 261, LEGA 262, LEGA 263, LEGA 264) and the two ENGL writing courses (ENGL 150 and ENGL 207 or ENGL 220) before registering for LEGA 275.

Student must take the following courses as a part of their general studies requirements:
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
OR ENGL 220: Business Communication and Writing

Choose one of the following:
PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic
OR LEGA 155: Introduction to Legal Reasoning