Paralegal Studies - Associate of Applied Science

**NOTICE**:  On March 6, 2018, the NMSU Board of Regents approved the proposal to close the DACC Paralegal Studies program.  Students who currently have a declared major in AAS degree in Paralegal Studies will be offered a reasonable opportunity (approximately 24 months) to complete their program of study.  No new students will be admitted into the Paralegal Studies program.   

(69–73 credits)

NOTE: Students must pass ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition, ENGL 203G Business and Professional Communication, and all PL S courses with a minimum grade of C.

Core/General Education Requirements
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication 13
or ENGL 218G Technical and Scientific Communication
or BOT 209 Business and Technical Communications
COMM 253GPublic Speaking 13
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra 13
or MATH 121G College Algebra
or BOT 106 Business Mathematics
PHIL 201GIntroduction to Philosophy 13
or PHIL 211G Informal Logic
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology 13
or SOC 101G Introductory Sociology
or BMGT 240 Human Relations
Related/Professional Requirements
ACCT 200A Survey of Accounting 13
or ACCT 221 Principles of Accounting I (Financial)
or BOT 120 Accounting Procedures I
BMGT 201Work Readiness and Preparation3
BOT 211Information Processing I3
or BOT 213 Word Processing I
GOVT 100GAmerican National Government 13
Technical/Major Requirements
PL S 160Legal System for the Paralegal3
PL S 190Criminal Law for the Paralegal3
PL S 200Legal Ethics for the Paralegal3
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
Select 2-6 credits from the following:2-6
Internship I
and Internship II 2
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Legal Terminology3
The Virtual Law Office3
Immigration Law3
Bankruptcy Law for the Paralegal3
Family Law for the Paralegal3
Independent Study1-3
Total Credits69-73

Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.


PL S 221 Internship I and PL S 222 Internship II are restricted to PL S majors. A maximum of 6 credits of PL S 221 Internship I and PL S 222 Internship II may be applied toward a degree.