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Paralegal, associate degree

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Associate of Applied Science degree: 90 credit degree program, including 24 hours of required paralegal courses; 21 credit hours of elective paralegal courses; 27 credits of general education courses; and 18 credits of other electives. Admission into the AAS degree in Paralegal requires successful completion of a college-level writing class (WR 121 or equivalent), a general education Communications Studies class (COMM 100 or similar), and a general education Political Science class (PS 201 or similar).

Students must maintain a “C” average in all required Paralegal courses to complete their degree or certificate.

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Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

CIS 120Digital Literacy 4
or CIS 125D Database Application Development I
PL 101Introduction to the U.S. Legal System3
PL 102Survey of Substantive Law3
PL 103Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility3
PL 105Litigation3
PL 107Interviewing and Investigating3
PL 108Legal Analysis & Writing3
PL 130Legal Software3
PL 203Basic Legal Research3
PL 204Applied Legal Research and Drafting2
PL 250Cultural Responsiveness in the Legal Field2
PL 295Paralegal Capstone2
WR 227Technical Writing (WR227=WR227Z) Z4
or WR 122 Composition II (WR122=WR122Z)
or BA 205 Business Communication Using Technology
Any General Education Course in COMM4
Any General Education Course in PS4
Any General Education Course in BI, CH, ESR, G, GS, MTH or PHY4
ABA General Education Electives15
Paralegal Accounting Electives3
Paralegal Program Electives14
Paralegal Support Electives8
Total Credits90

This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. The following courses are equivalent:

WR 122 and WR 122Z

WR 227 and WR 227Z

Students seeking the Associate’s degree in Paralegal are required to complete 27 general education credits from the Associates of Applied Science General Education list. Some of the courses on the Associates of Applied Science General Education list are not approved for the Paralegal program. A list of unapproved classes can be found in the PCC Catalog.

Paralegals may not practice law and may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Paralegal program students must complete 14 quarter credit hours of synchronous instruction. Synchronous instruction means students must attend a scheduled class meeting time each week. This restriction is not applicable to Legal Assistant students.

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