Paralegal Studies

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

Preparation for entry level employment in law offices. Provides students with practical legal skills enabling them to draft legal documents. Students are familiarized with fundamental concepts of substantive areas such as torts and business law. Legal theory and related practical applications are integrated throughout the program.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate 1) basic knowledge in legal skills which will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within a law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and 2) competency in communications, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Implement skills and techniques involved in law practice that aid understanding criminal law and complying with both state and federal law.

Program Map

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. 

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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 (or higher) 3 GE- Mathematics
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy (recommended) 3 GE-Humanities
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE-Physical/Biological Sciences
CIS 105 Introduction to Business Information Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses

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

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 (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences

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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