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

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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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.

Degree Requirements

Choose one of the following

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

General Courses

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:19

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 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 231Interviewing and Investigation

3 credits

PLS 232Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Or

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:36-37

 

Choose one of the following

 

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

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

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

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 230Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 232Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3 credits

PLS 242Business Organization for Paralegals

3 credits

PLS Elective

3

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Science Elective

3-4 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

PLS 231Interviewing and Investigation

3 credits

PLS 240Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS 243Paralegal Internship

3 credits

Or

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

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