The Paralegal Studies Program prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of settings. A paralegal is qualified by education, training, or work experience to work for a law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other organizations such as insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms and banks, performing specifically delegated substantive legal work. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and their work may include analyzing legal issues, investigate and evaluate facts, preparing legal documents, interview clients, assist in case management, and perform other duties to assist the lawyer in the delivery of legal services to clients. Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as computer literacy skills, are important to the paralegal.

Programs

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AAS in Paralegal Studies

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 100 Introduction to Composition 3 Prerequisite/GE- Composition
MAT 105 College Mathematics for the Applied Sciences 3 GE- Mathematics
POS 257 Social and Political Philosophy 3 GE-Humanities
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE  4 GE-Physical/Biological Sciences
CIS 105 Introduction to Business Information Systems/GE 3 GE- Additional Courses
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101 Freshman Composition/GE 3 GE- Composition
LAS 100 Introduction to Paralegalism 3 Major Requirement
LAS 101 Introduction to Law 3 Major Requirement
LAS 221 Legal Research 3 Major Requirement
LAS 212 Insurance and Tort Law 3 Major Requirement
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
LAS 109 Legal Procedures 4 Major Requirement
LAS 115 Criminal Trial Procedure 3 Major Requirement
LAS 131 Legal Writing 3 Major Requirement
LAS 204 Business Law for Paralegals 3 Major Requirement
LAS 208 Probate 3 Major Requirement
POS 100 American Politics/GE 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
LAS 216 Real Estate Transactions 3 Major Requirement
LAS 217 Family Law 3 Major Requirement
LAS 218 Administrative Law 3 Major Requirement
LAS 219 Bankruptcy 3 Major Requirement
LAS 220 Legal Interviewing, Investigating/Report Wrt 3 Major Requirement
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Paralegal Studies

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 100 Introduction to Composition 3 Prerequisite/GE- Composition
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101 Freshman Composition/GE 3 Prerequisite
LAS 101 Introduction to Law 3 Major Requirement
LAS 204 Business Law for Paralegals 3 Major Requirement
LAS 211 Legal Research 3 Major Requirement
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
LAS 109 Legal Procedures 4 Major Requirement
LAS 131 Legal Writing 3 Major Requirement
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
LAS 220 Legal Interviewing, Investigating/Report Wrt 3 Major Requirement
LAS 221 Computerized Law Office and Litigation Support 3 Major Requirement
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Career Overview & Job Outlook

When students graduate with a A.A.S degree in Paralegal Studies, they can secure a job as a legal assistant, legal secretary, or a paralegal.

  • Legal Assistant- Legal assistants job duties may include conducting legal research, drafting and reviewing documents, communicating with clients, preparing hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files. Salaries range from $30,000-$46,000 per yr.
  • Legal Secretary- Legal Secretaries work in law offices and perform secretarial tasks that are specific to the law field: writing legal documents, such as summonses, motions, subpoenas, etc., conducting research and reading legal articles, and more, as well as standard secretarial duties, that might include answering phones and email, filing, creating and maintaining schedules for lawyers, ordering supplies, copying, faxing and maintaining the office. Salaries range from $25,000-$35,000 per yr.
  • Paralegal- Paralegals job duties may include drafting documents, file motions, interview clients, prepare retainers, legal research, legal writing, and day to day law office administration. Salaries range from $36,000-$75,000 per yr.

Contact Information

Brenda Doak
Paralegal Studies Coordinator
(928) 317-6479
 
 

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 317-6479
Location: ES - 123
Hours:
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 1:30pm