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Degree Plans - Paralegal (Archived)


(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.PARALEGAL.10

The Paralegal Program is an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree program designed to prepare the student to function as a technically qualified assistant to the lawyer. Legal assistants (also called paralegals) typically work in law firms, governmental agencies, and corporations. The program does not qualify a graduate to take a Bar exam, represent clients in court, or give legal advice.




LGLA 1301 Legal Research and Writing 3
LGLA 1311 Introduction to Law 3
LGLA 1313 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3


LGLA 1355 Family Law 3
LGLA 2309 Real Property 3
LGLA 2311 Business Organizations 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
COSC 1300 Computer Literacy 3



LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 1351 Contracts 3
LGLA 1353 Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration 3
GOVT 2301 American Government 3
+Elective Paralegal Elective 3
++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3


LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law 3
LGLA 2307 Law Office Management 3
LGLA 2331 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3
+Elective Paralegal Elective 3
+++Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3
Minimum Hours Required 63

+Paralegal Electives - SIX-credit hours must be selected from the following:

LGLA 1343 Bankruptcy 3
LGLA 1359 Immigration Law 3
LGLA 1380 Cooperative Education - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3
LGLA 2313 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
LGLA 2315 Oil and Gas Law 3
LGLA 2335 Advanced Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 2380 Cooperative Education - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3

++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from any 3-credit hour course from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

+++Social/Behavioral Science Electives - must be selected from any 3-credit hour course from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Social/Behavioral Science.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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