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Paralegal

Paralegal Associate of Science Program

Paralegal Certificate Program


Paralegal Associate of Science Program

 

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE  
Associate of Science (604.3)

This program prepares you to work as a legal assistant or Paralegal. Paralegals are employed by banks, real estate offices, title companies, brokerage houses, corporations, governmental agencies and lawyers/law firms.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Prepare and develop case-related materials for civil and criminal litigation.
  2. Locate, identify and interpret legal principles applicable to specific client cases identifying issues generally applicable to various areas of substantive law.
  3. Prepare documents utilized in various areas of substantive law and conduct legal research in both traditional and digital environments.
  4. Analyze procedural issues which arise in litigation, real estate, probate, criminal and family areas of law.
  5. Employ accurate terminology of the field and use a professional tone in all communications.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 6264

First Semester

Course #Course Name

Credits

CIT-100

Computer Fundamentals & Applications

3

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PAL-101

Legal Research & Writing

3

PAL-102

Paralegal Orientation

1

PAL-111

Litigation 1

3

               

Mathematics Elective

3–4

                 

Total Credits

16–17

Second Semester

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

PAL-112

Litigation 2

3

PAL-135

Employee Benefits

3

POL-103

American Government

3

                 

Science Elective

3–4

                 

Total Credits

15–16

Third Semester

CJC-203

Evidence & Procedures

3

PAL-121

Estate & Trusts 1

3

RLE-101

Real Estate Fundamentals

2

RLE-102

Real Estate Practice

2

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

                 

Restricted Elective1

3

                 

Total Credits

16

Fourth Semester

PAL-122

Estates & Trusts 2

3

PAL-201

Advanced Legal Research & Writing

3

POL-115

The American Constitution

3

                 

Restricted Electives1

6

                

Total Credits

15

1Restricted Electives

ACC-104

Financial Accounting
Note: Eligibility for MAT-090 or completion of
ACC-100 with a C grade or higher is a prerequisite
for enrolling in ACC-104
.

4

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

BUS-251

Business Law 1

3

CJC-124

Juvenile Justice & Juvenile Delinquency

3

CJC-151

Criminal Justice System Law

3

PAL-105

Family Law

3

PAL-205

Consumer Protection Law

3

PAL-209

Environmental Law

3

PAL-403

Co-op Education

3

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Paralegal Certificate Program

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, SOUTH 
Certificate (605.3)

This certificate program is drawn from the degree program, especially designed for persons who desire to improve job skills or who wish to retrain for an entry-level position in the paralegal field. Paralegals are employed by banks, real estate offices, title companies, brokerage houses, corporations, governmental agencies and lawyers/law firms. It is offered primarily for those holding an associate's or bachelor's degree in another field.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Prepare and develop case-related materials for civil and criminal litigation.
  2. Locate, identify and interpret legal principles applicable to specific client cases identifying issues generally applicable to various areas of substantive law.
  3. Prepare documents utilized in various areas of substantive law and conduct legal research in both traditional and digital environments.
  4. Analyze procedural issues which arise in litigation, real estate, probate, criminal and family areas of law.
  5. Employ accurate terminology of the field and use a professional tone in all communications.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 29

First Semester

Course #       Course Name

Credits

CJC-203

Evidence & Procedures

3

PAL-101

Legal Research & Writing

3

PAL-102

Paralegal Orientation

1

POL-115

The American Constitution

3

            

Restricted Elective

3

 

Total Credits

13

Second Semester

RLE-101

Real Estate Fundamentals

2

RLE-102

Real Estate Practice

2

            

Restricted Electives (4)1

12

             

Total Credits

16

1Restricted Electives

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

BUS-251

Business Law 1

3

CJC-124

Juvenile Justice & Juvenile Delinquency      

3

PAL-105

Family Law

3

PAL-111

Litigation 1

3

PAL-112

Litigation 2

3

PAL-121

Estate & Trusts 1

3

PAL-122

Estates & Trusts 2

3

PAL-135

Employee Benefits

3

PAL-201

Advanced Legal Research & Writing

3

PAL-205

Consumer Protection Law

3

PAL-209

Environmental Law

3

PAL-403

Co-op Education

3

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