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Paralegal Technology

Curriculum Description

The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice or represent clients in a court of law.

Course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts and commercial law. Required courses also include subjects such as English, mathematics, and computer utilization.

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records searches, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies and other business organizations.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

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POS Approved: Fall 2011

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 110 Intro to Paralegal Study 2 0 0 2
LEX 140 Civil Litigation I 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CIS 110
OR
Introduction to Computers NEW PREREQ Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (2) (2) (0) (3)
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy NEW PREREQ 1 2 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 7

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
OST 130 Comprehensive Keyboarding 2 2 0 3
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 115
OR
Mathematical Models 2 2 0 3
MAT 140
OR
Survey of Mathematics Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (3) (0) (0) (3)
MAT 161 College Algebra Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (3) (0) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 9

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Expository Writing Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 0 0 3
LEX 280 Ethics & Professionalism 2 0 0 2
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 5
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 8

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 120 Legal Research/Writing I 2 2 0 3
LEX 150 Commercial Law I 2 2 0 3
LEX 240 Family Law 3 0 0 3
OST 134 Text Entry & Formatting 2 2 0 3
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
Totals

Class Hours: 9
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 15

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
LEX 121 Legal Research/Writing II 2 2 0 3
LEX 250 Wills, Estates, & Trusts 2 2 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 6

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 0 0 3
LEX 210 Real Property I 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 118
OR
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (3) (0) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 9
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 9

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ACC 120 Prin of Financial Accounting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 2 0 4
LEX 130 Civil Injuries 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 7

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COE 111 Co-op Work Experience I 0 0 10 1
___ ___ Paralegal Elective 2 ** ** ** 2
Totals

Class Hours: 0
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 10
Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 64

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Keyboarding recommended at admission.

LEX Elective 1 – Select 3 credit hours: LEX 141, LEX 151, LEX 160, LEX 214, LEX 260

LEX Elective  2– Select 2 credit hours: COE 115, COE 121, LEX 211, LEX 220, LEX 270, LEX 286

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ART 111, ENG 131, ENG 231, ENG 241, ENG 273, HUM 110, HUM 121, HUM 220, PHI 240, or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

General Education Courses

Written Communication:

ENG 111, ENG 114

Oral Communication:

LEX 240

Behavioral and Social Science:

PSY 118 PSY 150

Humanities and Fine Arts:

ART 111, ENG 131, ENG 231, ENG 241, ENG 273, HUM 110, HUM 121, HUM 220, PHI 240, REL 110

Mathematics:

MAT 115, MAT 140, MAT 161

Technology:

CIS 110, CIS 111

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