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Online Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Program Description

 

The Paralegal Studies program offers students the opportunity to study legal principles online at a depth that will give them a competitive edge in the paralegal field and advance their careers. Upon completion of the fifteen-course degree, students can sit for the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA) Certificate exam. Paralegal students are given a student-account with Westlaw and our classes will help you become efficient in online legal research. Students will also take specialty courses and general education courses for a well-rounded education.

 

Program Objectives

 

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to:

 

  1. Take and pass the CLA/CP exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants, and earn the designation Certified Paralegal / Certified Legal Assistant.
  2. Perform advanced legal research and writing tasks using online and in-person library resources for a wide variety of legal problems.
  3. Prepare and write legal memoranda, motions, and other court documents for review by an attorney.
  4. Draft interoffice memoranda for the purpose of advising or informing supervising attorneys.
  5. Edit and refine previously prepared legal documents to accommodate changes in circumstances and changes in law.
  6. Exhibit proficiency in writing letters, memoranda, and other communications in a corporate or law firm environment.
  7. Apply concepts from a wide variety of legal disciplines, as well as other disciplines such as business, mathematics, and psychology, to their assigned tasks in a law firm or corporate environment.
  8. Enter ALU’s Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree program without further academic preparation.

Apply now or contact Admissions at 213-252-5100 or admissions@alu.edu.

 

Program Plan for Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Semester Course # Course Name Credit Hours Prereq. Core/ Major General Education Required Elective
1 ORT100 Orientation 0 0 0 0
LGS100 Introduction to Legal Profession 3 3 0 0
LGS107 Contracts 3 3 0 0
LGS110 Litigation and Trial Practice I 3 3 0 0
ENG160 English Composition I 3 0 3 0
CMP101 Introduction to Computers 3 0 3 0
Semester Credit Hours 15 9 6 0
2 LGS103 Criminal Law 3 3 0 0
LGS108 Legal Research 3 3 0 0
COM202 Effective Prof. Communications 3 0 3 0
MAT130 Concepts of Fundamental Math 3 0 3 0
LGS Elective 3 3 0 0
Semester Credit Hours 15 9 6 0
3 LGS204 Real Property 3 3 0 0
LGS206 Business Organizations 3 3 0 0
LGS208 Legal Analysis and Writing 3 3 0 0
SBS105 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3 0
LGS Elective 3 3 0 0
Semester Credit Hours 15 12 3 0
4 LGS200 Administrative Law 3 3 0 0
LGS210 Litigation and Trial Practice II 3 LGS110 3 0 0
HUM155 American History I 3 0 3 0
LGS Elective 3 3 0 0
Open Elective 3 0 0 3
Semester Credit Hours 15 9 3 3
Total Semester Hrs Required 60 39 18 3

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