Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies, Advanced Certificate

PLAS.CRT.C52

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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

 

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

A grade of B or better is required in PLAS 1103.

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 1653Business Law

3 Credits

COMM 1603Business Communication

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 36

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall semester

PLAS 1103Intro. to Paralegal/Legal Assistant

3 Credits

COMM 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

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