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Paralegal Studies (Associate of Science)*

This program is designed to prepare the student for a career utilizing knowledge of legal office procedures, delivery of legal services, and legal research and writing.  The program curriculum is designed to provide training in professional skills, technical competencies, and research experience needed by students entering the paralegal field. The program also includes a foundation in general education course work required to attain a degree-level credential.

Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should be able to

  • conduct client interviews and maintain contact with clients;
  • conduct legal research and prepare legal documents using critical thinking;
  • draft correspondence, pleadings, and other legal documents;
  • assist in preparation of interrogatories and other documents related to litigation;
  • assist an attorney in execution of wills, real estate closings, depositions, and preparation for court attendance;
  • use computer technology in a legal environment;
  • develop skills in selected general education curriculum including communication and problem solving; and
  • coordinate a job search.

Foundation

EDU 1010Learning Framework

4 credits

EDU 1020Career Exploration/Planning

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Area of Concentration

AOM 1010Keyboarding

4 credits

AOM 1100Word Processing

4 credits

AOM 1200Spreadsheets

4 credits

LGA 1020The American Legal System

4 credits

LGA 1110Legal Research and Writing I

4 credits

LGA 1600Technology Application in the Law Office

4 credits

LGA 1800Criminal Law

4 credits

LGA 2120Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration

4 credits

LGA 2140Family Law

4 credits

LGA 2250Civil Litigation

4 credits

LGA 2260Bankruptcy Law

4 credits

LGA 2500Paralegal Certification Exam Review

4 credits

LGA 2520Real Estate Law

4 credits

LGA 2800Administrative Law

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:56

Area of Concentration Electives

A minimum of 8 credit hours are to be selected in consultation with the Program Director from approved legal studies courses offered at Virginia College or transferred from another accredited institution.
Total Credit Hours:8

General Education

These courses are to be selected in consultation with the Program Director so as to effectuate a balanced educational program. Select a total (minimum) of 24 credits as indicated below:

Communications

12 credits

Humanities and Fine Arts

4 credits

Mathematics

4 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Total Credit Hours: 96

NOTE:  The College makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in any state other than Alabama or the state where the program is being offered online.  Qualified graduates from this program may be eligible to sit for the paralegal certification examinations offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).  Prospective and current students and graduates are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, certification, or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed, or employed.

* This program is only offered through online delivery