Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies, Advanced Certificate

PLAS.CRT.C52

Program Overview

The 36 credit-hour Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies certificate program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree and appropriate writing and computer experience to enhance their college coursework. Program graduates may find employment opportunities in the judicial system, private law firms, state agencies, legal aid organizations, banks, title insurance companies, corporations and hospitals with corporate legal departments.

Program Note

In many states, paralegals and legal assistants can carry out any function that lawyers perform with three notable exceptions: setting legal fees, giving legal advice to clients, and representing clients in court proceedings. Paralegals and legal assistants work directly under an attorney’s supervision, unless otherwise authorized by statute, court rules or agency regulations permitting paralegals to provide assistance directly to the public.

Additional Program Information

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.kcc.edu/gainfulemployment/.

This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Program Requirements

Major Courses

PLAS 1103Intro. to Paralegal/Legal Assistant

3 Credits

PLAS 1123Legal Research & Writing I

3 Credits

PLAS 1133Legal Research & Writing II

3 Credits

PLAS 1153Law Office Management

3 Credits

PLAS 1213Civil Litigation

3 Credits

PLAS 2113Legal Technology

3 Credits

PLAS 2413Paralegal Internship

3 Credits

PLAS 1103: A minimum grade of B is required.

Choose three

PLAS 2213Real Estate Law

3 Credits

PLAS 2223Estates. Trusts and Wills

3 Credits

PLAS 2233Criminal Litigation

3 Credits

PLAS 2253Corporate Law

3 Credits

PLAS 2263Family Law

3 Credits

PLAS 2333Laws of Evidence

3 Credits

PLAS 2403Special Topics in Paralegal Studies

3 Credits

General education

BSNS 1603Business Communication

3 Credits

BSNS 1653Business Law

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 36

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall semester

PLAS 1103Intro. to Paralegal/Legal Assistant

3 Credits

BSNS 1603Business Communication

3 Credits

BSNS 1653Business Law

3 Credits

Spring semester

PLAS 1123Legal Research & Writing I

3 Credits

PLAS 1213Civil Litigation

3 Credits

Summer term

PLAS 1153Law Office Management

3 Credits

Fall semester

PLAS 1133Legal Research & Writing II

3 Credits

PLAS 2113Legal Technology

3 Credits

Elective

3 Credits

Spring semester

PLAS 2413Paralegal Internship

3 Credits

Electives

6 Credits

Program Cost

Minimum credit hours required for completion: 36
Tuition and fees - $147.00 per credit hour $147.00
$5,292.00
Lab fees:
BSNS 1603 Business Communications 10.00
PLAS 1103 Intro Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies 25.00
PLAS 1123 Legal Research & Writing I 25.00
PLAS 1133 Legal Research & Writing II 25.00
PLAS 1153 Law Office Management 25.00
PLAS 1213 Civil Litigation 25.00
PLAS 2113 Legal Technology 25.00
PLAS 2213 Real Estate Law 25.00
PLAS 2223 Estates, Trusts and Wills 25.00
PLAS 2233 Criminal Litigation 25.00
PLAS 2253 Corporate Law 25.00
PLAS 2263 Family Law 25.00
PLAS 2333 Laws of Evidence 25.00
PLAS 2403 Special Topics Paralegal Studies 25.00
PLAS 2413 Paralegal Internship 25.00
360.00
360.00
Books:
BSNS 1603 Business Communications 108.00
BSNS 1653 Business Law 118.70
PLAS 1103 Intro to Paralegal/Legal Asst. Studies 287.30
PLAS 1123/1133 Legal Research & Writing I & II 226.70
PLAS 1153 Law Office Management 125.65
PLAS 1213 Civil Litigation 197.00
PLAS 2113 Legal Technology 179.35
PLAS 2213 Real Estate Law
151.65
   PLAS 2223  Estates, Trusts & Wills   185.00   
   PLAS 2233  Criminal Litigation   225.00   
   PLAS 2263 Family Law      
PLAS 2333 Laws of Evidence 200.00
PLAS 2403 Special Topics Paralegal Studies 53.35
PLAS 2413 Paralegal Internship 69.35
2,127.05
2,127.05
All BSNS courses:
Pocket dictionary 6.99
Reference manual 10.95
17.94
17.94
TOTAL $7,796.99
This program requires nine hours of electives. The total price does not include all costs associated with the electives.
All prices are subject to change. Please visit Hammes Bookstore for the most up-to-date textbook prices.

Gainful Employment

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