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Paralegal

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program) - 62 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:

The mission of the Associate in Applied Science Paralegal degree is to produce competent, well-rounded individuals who are able to work under the supervision of an attorney in the many areas of the practice of law, specifically, the student will be prepared to perform such tasks as legal research, client interviews, investigations, preparation of legal documents, and other legal work as delegated by an attorney. Paralegal are employed by private law firms, corporations, governmental agencies, insurance companies, title companies, and financial institutions. 

Program Accreditation:
This program has been approved by the American Bar Association.

Program Note:
Computers are an important component to many aspects of this profession.  The student should be familiar with the keyboard.  If not, an additional class in keyboarding is recommended.

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall Semester 1:
ENGL 110; CMGEN 120 or CMPSC 120; BUS 120 or Mathematics; Social Science

Spring Semester 1:
ENGL 111; PRLGL 110: PRLGL 112; Social Science; Humanities

Summer Semester 1:
Laboratory Science

Fall Semester 2:
PRLGL 113; PRLGL 116; PRLGL 117; PRLGL 215; CRJ 225 or CRJ 226; PRLGL 159

Spring Semester 2:
CRJ 230; PRLGL 115; PRLGL 260; PRLGL 114; PRLGL 118


Course Information:
Required General Education Courses
CourseNameCredit
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
ENGL 111COMPOSITION II  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE *3
LABORATORY SCIENCE ***4
BUS 120BUSINESS MATHEMATICS 3
or
MATHEMATICS ****3
HUMANITIES **3
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
CMGEN 120COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
or
CMPSC 120BUSINESS COMPUTER SYSTEMS 3
CRJ 225CRIMINAL LAW 3
CRJ 230COURT PROCEDURES AND EVIDENCE 3
PRLGL 110INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL 3
PRLGL 112LEGAL RESEARCH I 3
PRLGL 113LEGAL RESEARCH II 3
PRLGL 114FAMILY LAW 3
PRLGL 115WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION 3
PRLGL 116CIVIL LITIGATION 3
PRLGL 117ADMINISTRATIVE LAW 3
PRLGL 118LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT 3
PRLGL 159PARALEGAL PRE-INTERNSHIP 1
PRLGL 215BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICE 3
PRLGL 260PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP 3
Elective Courses
CourseNameCredit
APPROVED ELECTIVE *****3

* POLSC 115, 119 or PSY 110 are recommended
** PHIL 111 or COMM 110 are recommended
*** BIOL 111 or 140 are recommended
**** MATH 110 or above
***** Liberal Arts courses as well as law related courses are recommended.

Students must attain a grade of "C" or higher in each PRLGL course (including equated transfer courses).  PRLGL 113, 116, and 260 must be taken at ICC to graduate from the program.  All prerequisites to PRLGL courses must be satisfied with a grade of "C" or better.  Students should "Petition to Graduate" after completing 45 or more of the above hours.  The petition is available in the Student Service Center, L211.

For Program Information Contact:

Social Sciences and Public Services Department

North Campus

Poplar Hall

Room 117

(309) 690-7691