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PARALEGAL - ASSOCIATE OF TECHNICAL ARTS DEGREE

The Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts (ATA) Degree program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), which demonstrates a paralegal program’s high educational standards and consistency and is preferred by many legal employers nationwide. The ABA defines a paralegal as a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by an attorney, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which an attorney is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts Degree program is a job-training degree designed for students who intend to pursue immediate employment as a paralegal upon graduation. Students pursuing this degree have not earned a four-year baccalaureate degree (BA), nor do they intend to earn one in the future. Graduates from this program will receive an ABA-approved professional degree recognizing their achievement in specialized paralegal training. This degree is not intended to transfer to a four-year college or university, although many courses may still transfer.

Program Requirement Sheet

Degree Pathway

This is a suggested degree pathway, a sequence of courses to earn the degree completely online. Please connect with an advisor to customize your program to meet your needs.

- Fall - Winter - Spring - Summer

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits
LEGAL 100 Career and College Success: Paralegal Placement into ENGLP 093 OR AENGL 093. 3
LEGAL 200 Introduction to Law   5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I ACCUPLACER, ACCUPLACER exemption, essay placement, orENGL 099 or PREP 099 (or certified equivalent) with minimum grade of 2.0. 5

Total: 13 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits
LEGAL 205 Civil Procedure   5
Suggested Elective: CMST 210 Interpersonal Communication Placement in ENGL& 101. 5
Suggested Elective: PSYC& 100 General Psychology   5

Total: 15 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits
LEGAL 228 Law Office Technology   5
Suggested Elective: POLS& 101 Introduction to Political Science Placement in ENGL& 101. 5

Suggested Elective: MGMT 100

Human Relations in Organizations   5

Total: 15 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits

LEGAL 240

Contracts

 

5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 250 Family Law   5

Suggested Elective: LEGAL 271

Civil Rights   3

Total: 13 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits

Suggested Elective: LEGAL 230

  Interviewing & Investigating   5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 236 Wills, Trusts & Estates   5
Suggested Elective: BUS 130 Business Mathematics Recommended completion of MATH 47or PREP 47 or equivalent with a grade of 2.0 or higher, or appropriate score on Math Placement Test, or advisorrecommendation. Recommended placement into AENGL 93or ENGLP 93. 5

Total: 15 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits

LEGAL 210

Legal Research & Writing Recommendcompletion ofor concurrent enrollment inLEGAL 200; completion of ENGL& 101. 5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 282 Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence   3

Suggested Elective: LEGAL 292

Paralegal Success Skills   2
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 271 Elder Law   2

Total: 12 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 225 Litigation Practice Recommendcompletion ofLEGAL 200 and LEGAL 205 or instructor permission. 5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 291 Legal Internship   2
Suggested Elective: BUS 101 Introduction to Business Placement in ENGL 099. 5

Total: 12 credits

Grand Total: 95 credits

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