Paralegal, associate degree
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 Communications Studies class (COMM 100 or similar), and a Political Science class (PS 201 or similar).
Students must maintain a “C” average in all required Paralegal courses to complete their degree or certificate.
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Associate Degree: Paralegal||2 years||Limited entry, see how|
to get into this program
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Course listing for the 2021-2022 catalog year.
|PL 101||Introduction to the U.S. Legal System||3|
|PL 102||Survey of Substantive Law||3|
|PL 103||Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility||3|
|PL 107||Interviewing and Investigating||3|
|PL 108||Legal Analysis & Writing||3|
|PL 130||Legal Software||3|
|PL 203||Basic Legal Research||3|
|PL 204||Applied Legal Research and Drafting||2|
|PL 250||Intercultural Competence in the Legal Field||2|
|PL 295||Paralegal Capstone||2|
|Restricted General Education 1||27|
|Paralegal Accounting Electives||3|
|Paralegal Computer Electives||4|
|Paralegal Program Electives||14|
|Paralegal Support Electives||12|
Twenty-seven credits must be from the AAS General Education list with the following restrictions: at least one class must taken in Communication (COMM), Political Science (PS), and Science, Math and Computer Science; and the following courses from the AAS General Education list may not be used to satisfy these requirements: ART115, ART116, ART117, ART119, ART 131A/B/C, ART 140A/B/C,ART141, ART 142A/B/C, ART143A/B/C, ART 181 A/B/C, ART 231A/B/C, ART 237A/B/C, ART243, ART 253A/B/C, ART 256A/B/C, ART 270A/B/C, ART 277A/B/C, ART 279A/B/C, ART 281A/B/C, ART 284A/B/C, ART 287A/B/C, ART 290A/B/C, ART 291A/B/C, ART 292A/B/C, ART 293A/B/C, ART 294A/B/C, any ESOL courses, MUS111, MUS112, MUS113, MUS141, MUS170, any TA courses, any CIS courses, and any CS courses.
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.
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Limited entry awards have an additional application process. Learn about the prerequisite requirements for the Paralegal program.