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Official Catalog Descriptions of both programs

 

Associate Degree

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Legal Assisting, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in manual and computer assisted research of legal questions and incorporate the same into properly cited memoranda of law.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities of a legal assistant.
  • Explain the parameters of ethical paralegal work.  For example, legal assistants may not sign legal documents, appear in court or give legal advice. All activities in legal matters must be supervised by a licensed attorney.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use municipal, county, state, and federal clerks of court and other recording offices.
  • Prepare deeds, notes, and other documents for residential real estate transfer.
  • Draft documents required to complete family law matters.
  • Draft pleadings, motions, and other documents within the applicable rules of evidence and procedure to prepare and complete civil and criminal litigation.
  • Prepare documents for use in corporate, partnership, and other business related matters.
  • Draft wills, trusts, and other documents necessary for estate administration.
  • Describe the legislative and judicial functions of administrative agencies.

Plan of Study

Post-bachelor's degree certificate

The Paralegal Certificate (Post Baccalaureate or "Certificate" Program) is designed for persons who currently possess a Bachelors, Masters or Ph. D. degree. Students with an associate degree and work experience in a legal environment will be considered after an interview with the department chairperson.

Students enrolled in the Certificate program are required to complete only courses in the technical curriculum for a Paralegal Studies student. These courses allow the student to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of: the role of a Paralegal, ethical requirements, legal research, analysis, the preparation of legal documents, litigation practice and procedure, real estate transactions, family law, administrative law, criminal law, and probate law and practice.

Plan of Study