Paralegal Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies

Credits required 61-62

Dean Calvin McFadden

Program contact Diana Yohe, Department Chair and Professor of Office Administration, ext. 2404

Program Goals Statement

Beginning in Spring 2013, the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies (Career Option) 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.

Hints for Successful Completion

Strong verbal, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Program Information

  • The skills developed provide excellent job mobility. Students can work in general legal practice or specialize in corporate work, real estate, probate, criminal and/or civil litigation, or other legal specialties.
  • Gain work experience by participating in PLS 243 – Paralegal Internship, which places students in office positions related to their academic program. 
  • Some courses are offered online.
  • Substantive law courses are taught by licensed attorneys with J.D.s from ABA-accredited law schools.

 

Recommended electives

After BCC

  • 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.

Hints for Successful Completion

  • Strong verbal, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:22

Elective Courses

Elective - Science

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:3-4
See General Education Competency Courses - Scientific Reasoning and Discovery for course listings

Program Courses

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 230Interviewing and Investigation

3 credits

PLS 231Criminal Law and Procedures

3 credits

PLS 232Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organizations for Paralegals

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Or

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:36-37

 

Paralegal Electives

Choose one from PLS 234, PLS 235, PLS 241
PLS 234Legal Ethics

3 credits

PLS 235Immigration Law

3 credits

PLS 241Wills, Estates, and Trusts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

 

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

GVT 111U.S. Government

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

PLS 230Interviewing and Investigation

3 credits

PLS 232Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organizations for Paralegals

3 credits

Paralegal Elective

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Elective - Science

3-4 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

PLS 231Criminal Law and Procedures

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Or

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

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