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
Composition I (Core Requirement)4
Area II: Mathematics
Area III: Laboratory Science
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
American National Government (Core Requirement)3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:
Introduction to Philosophy (Core Requirement)3
Philosophical Thought (Core Requirement)3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking (Core Requirement)3
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
General Education Elective
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Core Degree Requirements
ACCT 2110Principles of Accounting I3
OATS 213Word Processing I3
FYEX 1110First-year Seminar1
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
or ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
PL S 160Legal System for the Paralegal3
PL S 190Criminal Law for the Paralegal3
or CJUS 1120 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
Choose one from the following:3
Human Relations3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Paralegal Electives
Select from the following: 6
Criminal Courts and Procedure3
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.

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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ACCT 2110
Principles of Accounting I
or A Survey of Accounting
3
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
FYEX 1110 First-year Seminar 1
PL S 160 Legal System for the Paralegal 3
POLS 1120G American National Government 3
 Credits17
Spring
OATS 213 Word Processing I 3
PL S 190
Criminal Law for the Paralegal
or Criminal Law
3
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
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
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
3
Elective Course 2 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Philosophy  
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking  
Philosophical Thought  
 Credits14
Spring
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
3
PL S 278 Litigation for the Paralegal 3
PL S 279 Legal Research and Writing for the Paralegal II 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Human Relations  
Introduction to Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits61