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Associate of Science in

Paralegal Studies

Program Description

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program offers students the opportunity to study legal principles at a depth that will give them a competitive edge in the paralegal field and advance their careers. Upon completion of the fifteen-course Associate degree (a 2-year paralegal degree), students can sit for the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA) Certificate exam. Our online programs are accessible and practical, focusing on solving real-world problems. Paralegal students of both programs are given a student-account with Westlaw and our online classes will help you become efficient in online legal research.

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Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree program, students will have acquired the knowledge and skills to:

  • Perform advanced legal research and writing tasks using online and in-person library resources for a wide variety of legal problems.
  • Prepare and write legal memoranda, motions, and other court documents for review by an attorney.
  • Draft interoffice memoranda for the purpose of advising or informing supervising attorneys.
  • Edit and refine previously prepared legal documents to accommodate changes in circumstances and changes in the law.
  • Exhibit proficiency in writing letters, memoranda, and other communications in a corporate or law firm environment.
  • 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.
  • Be eligible to take the CLA/CP exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants, and earn the designation Certified Paralegal / Certified Legal Assistant or enter ALU’s Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree program.

Program Plan for Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

COURSE 

NAME

CREDIT HOURS

LGS 100

Introduction to the Legal Profession

3

LGS 107

Contracts

3

LGS 103

Criminal Law

3

LGS 108

Legal Research

3

LGS 204

Real Property

3

LGS 206

Business Organizations

3

LGS 208

Legal Analysis & Writing

3

LGS 110

Litigation and Trial Practice I

3

LGS 200

Administrative Law

3

LGS 210

Litigation and Trial Practice II

3

 

 

 

 

CORE TOTAL

30

COURSE 

NAME

CREDIT HOURS

HIST 160

American History I

3

CMP 101

Introduction to Computers

3

PSY 110

Introduction to Psychology

3

ENG 160

English Composition I

3

MAT 130

Concepts of Fundamental Math

3

 

 

 

 

GENERAL ED TOTAL

15

Students select from FIVE (5) elective courses to complete this category.

COURSE 

NAME

CREDIT HOURS

LGS 102

Family Law

3

LGS 105

Law Office Technology

3

LGS 106

Wills, Trusts and Estates

3

LGS 201

Immigration Law

3

LGS 202

Environmental Law

3

LGS 203

Intellectual Property

3

LGS 205

Social Security Disability

3

LGS 207

Bankruptcy

3

LGS 304

Survey of the Legal Profession

3

LGS 305

Employment Law

3

LGS 308

Communication Law

3

LGS 310

Education Law

3

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTIVE TOTAL

15

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