Paralegal and Legal Studies
Program Goals Statement
The Associate of Science in Paralegal and Legal Studies (Career Concentration) combines a liberal arts foundation with a career concentration in one of the fastest growing professions in America. Students have an opportunity to explore the field of law and gain marketable skills to perform a wide range of supportive legal functions. Please note that a Certificate or Degree in Paralegal Studies does not enable a person to practice law, represent clients in court or give legal advice; only licensed attorneys can perform these functions.
Upon completion of the program our graduates will be able to:
1. Understand the legal process and fundamental concepts of substantive areas of law
2. Identify and manage resolution of practical ethical dilemmas commonly encountered by working paralegals.
3. Manage modern law offices through the use of technology and robust time management skills
4. Develop the skills to perform effective research and to prepare draft legal documents, including various memoranda and court-related correspondence, pleadings and forms
• Acquire basic understanding of substantive and procedural areas of law for a variety of legal settings.
• Acquire skill in legal research and writing.
• Gain work experience by participating in the Paralegal Internship, PLS 243, which places students in office positions related to their academic program.
• Some courses are offered online.
• PLS courses are taught by licensed attorneys with J.D.s from ABA-accredited law schools.
• Nine (9) credits may be applied to the Legal Administrative Assistant degree.
• Twelve (12) credits may be applied to the Legal Office Assistant certificate.
• Employment in a variety of settings including law firms, corporate law departments, financial institutions, government agencies, or courts.
• Some graduates continue their education in advanced paralegal studies or pursue law degrees.