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About the CCPS Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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The Paralegal Studies degree provides a conceptual appreciation for the essential principles, doctrines, rules, and structural elements of the American legal system and the practice of law. This program provides a focused study of American court systems, constitutional law, criminal law, civil law (including torts, contract law, and family law), legal research, legal writing, discovery, and interviewing and investigating. Through the Legal Practicum, which is an unpaid internship with a practicing attorney, emphasis is also placed on a practical application of the above legal concepts in the real practice of law. This degree provides a strong basis for paralegals seeking employment in a wide variety of legal practices.

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*Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the required LEGA courses and the two ENGL writing courses (ENGL 150 and ENGL 207) before registering for LEGA 275.

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies requires a minimum of 21 hours.

LEGA 110: Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning
3 credit hours

The survey of law includes extensive study of the judicial branches of government, including the function of judge, jury, plaintiff and defendant. The course also looks at substantive law, and provides an introduction to the process of applying legal rules to specific factual situations.

LEGA 120: Legal Research and Writing
3 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce, explore and use the systems, methods, and practical realities of traditional and electronic legal research. Through a variety of realistic and relevant legal writing projects, the student will gain an understanding of how strong legal research is translated into strong, effective legal writing. The projects include legal memoranda, trial briefs, and appellate briefs. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient, flexible, and accurate writing skills, and proper use of legal citations.

LEGA 201: Interviewing and Investigating
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: LEGA 110ENGL 150 or ENGL 207. This course emphasizes communication skills the paralegal must have to function. As a lawyer excels in written and verbal skills, so must the legal assistant excel. Interviews of clients and statements of witnesses are prepared by students under supervision. Demonstrated proficiency is required for successful completion.

LEGA 261: Litigation
3 credit hours

This course includes study of Missouri and federal civil procedures, trial preparation including discovery, trial and post-trial matters. Designed for the paralegal candidate.

LEGA 262: Tort Law
3 credit hours

This course explores the different causes of action comprising tort law. Negligence, strict liability, workers compensation, and intentional torts will be covered.

LEGA 264: Family Law
3 credit hours

This course introduces the basics of family law such as the law surrounding juveniles and marriage.

LEGA 275: Professional Practicum
3 credit hours

It is recommended this course be completed after 45 hours of acceptable degree credits. This course is a practicum experience. Each student individually coordinates the course with the program coordinator under the approval of the dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies. The practicum provides the student with a practicum experience in a law office. S/U Grading.