Paralegal Studies - Associate of Applied Science

PL S courses, even with the same title, will not replace or substitute for Criminal Justice courses on the Criminal Justice degree plan.

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses.

Total Credits Required for the Degree: 61

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 61 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Select one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 12-14 credits. 1, 212-14
This degree requires courses from Areas I, IV, and V; students must select one other course from the remaining areas to complete General Education requirements.
Area I: Communications
Rhetoric and Composition (Core Requirement)4
Area II: Mathematics
Area III: Laboratory Science
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
American National Government (Core Requirement)3
Area V: Humanities
The Art of Wondering (Core Requirement)3
Introduction to Philosophy
Informal Logic
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
General Education Elective
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication3
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
Core Degree Requirements
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I (Financial)3
or ACCT 200 A Survey of Accounting
BOT 213Word Processing I3
COLL 101College/Life Success1
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication3
or ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
PL S 160Legal System for the Paralegal3
PL S 190Criminal Law for the Paralegal3
or C J 205 Criminal Law
PL S 200Legal Ethics for the Paralegal3
PL S 221Internship I 32-4
PL S 231The Law of Commerce for the Paralegal3
PL S 274Legal Research and Writing for the Paralegal I3
PL S 275Tort and Insurance for the Paralegal3
or PL S 276 Wills, Trusts, and Probate for the Paralegal
PL S 278Litigation for the Paralegal3
PL S 279Legal Research and Writing for the Paralegal II3
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology3
or BMGT 240 Human Relations
or SOC 101G Introductory Sociology
Paralegal Electives
Select from the following: 6
Courts and the Criminal Justice System3
Immigration Law3
Internship II 31-3
Family Law for the Paralegal3
Total Credits61

A Suggested Plan of Study - Paralegal Studies

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ACCT 221
Principles of Accounting I (Financial)
or A Survey of Accounting
COLL 101 College/Life Success 1
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
GOVT 100G American National Government 3
PL S 160 Legal System for the Paralegal 3
BOT 213 Word Processing I 3
PL S 190
Criminal Law for the Paralegal
or Criminal Law
PL S 200 Legal Ethics for the Paralegal 3
PL S 274 Legal Research and Writing for the Paralegal I 3
Select one course from Area II, III, or VI 1 3-4
Second Year
The Art of Wondering
or Introduction to Philosophy
or Informal Logic
PL S 221 Internship I 2-4
PL S 231 The Law of Commerce for the Paralegal 3
PL S 275
Tort and Insurance for the Paralegal
or Wills, Trusts, and Probate for the Paralegal
Elective Course 2 3
Business and Professional Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
PL S 278 Litigation for the Paralegal 3
PL S 279 Legal Research and Writing for the Paralegal II 3
PSY 201G
Introduction to Psychology
or Human Relations
or Introductory Sociology
Elective Course 2 3
 Total Credits61