2014-2015 College Catalog 
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2014-2015 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Accreditation. The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Program description. A paralegal works in a law office under the direct supervision of an attorney doing legal work such as drafting legal documents, organizing files, conducting legal research and investigations, and managing the office. The Paralegal Studies program offers a core of general education and a core of legal specialty courses designed for paralegals. Although paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law, they can, while working under the supervision of an attorney, perform many law office tasks once done solely by an attorney.

Typical job opportunities: Law firms, legal aid services, corporate law departments, insurance and accounting firms, real estate and title companies, government legal departments

Program goals. Upon completion of the Paralegal Studies program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Apply the basic principles of law and legal ethics.
  2. Qualify for entry-level positions using skills acquired through the legal specialty courses.
  3. Identify problems and use analytical skills to find solutions.
  4. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding and practical application of law-office management and related computer applications in the legal environment.

Contact(s): Business and Computer Technology, (865) 694-6656

Courses and Course Sequence

Special note: Only students with college-level English skills (i.e., those eligible to enroll in ENGL 1010 ) may enroll in LAW courses.

This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.

Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60

See the General Education  section of this Catalog for electives.

Elective to be chosen from LAW 1020 , LAW 2040 , LAW 2110 , LAW 2120 LAW 2310 LAW 2320 , LAW 2600 , LAW 2620 .

+ Law specialty course

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