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Associate of Arts in General Legal Studies With a Certificate in Paralegal Studies

The A.A. Degree in General Legal Studies with a certificate in Paralegal Studies has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals since 1988.  The curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and employers of legal personnel demand.  

All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, giving students the benefit of real-world legal experience and immediate access to the professional networks that enhance career success.  In addition to acquiring substantive knowledge in the classroom, students in their last semester gain practical experience by performing a 100-hour internship in a law firm or other legal office. 

Thanks to the long history and the success of its alumni, the program has broad support among employers.

Paralegals are not lawyers and may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Under the supervision of lawyers, these highly trained professionals perform a variety of important functions in many legal arenas.

Degree Requirements

Core Competencies Credits
English 1010 Writing or CSEN 1250 Writing 4
Select one course:
  • Math
  • PHIL 1060 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 1210 Elementary Symbolic Logic
  • BSMT 3250 Business Statistics (recommended)
  • CPST 1070 Math for Information Technology
Supporting Requirement Credits
Oral Communications – Select one course:
  • SPEC 1400 Intro to Public Speaking
  • SPEC 3110 Small Group Communications
  • THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting
  • BSMT 2250 Business Communications
Distribution Requirements Credits
Humanities 6
Sciences 3
Social Sciences 6
Writing Requirement Credits
Designated writing course 3-4


Major Requirements

Major Core Courses Credits
PARA 2010 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
PARA 3020 Legal Research 3
PARA 3030 Legal Writing* 3
PARA 3050 Litigation I 3
PARA 3060 Litigation II* 3
PARA 3070 Computers in the Law Firm** 3
Three Paralegal Courses 4000+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 9
PARA 5900 Paralegal Practicum (final semester, includes 100-hour internship requirement) 3
General Electives Credits
As needed to total 60 credits  
Total 60


* Preceding course is a prerequisite

** Prerequisite: CPST 1000 Intro to Microcomputers or director approval