(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 Studies Program is an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree program designed to prepare the student to function as a technically qualified assistant to the lawyer.
Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to accomplish these program goals:
Paralegals (also called legal assistants) typically work in law firms, governmental agencies, corporations, and other business entities. The program does not qualify a graduate to take a State Bar exam, represent clients in court, give legal advice, or provide independent legal services.
- Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information in various substantive areas of law.
- Demonstrate the ability to draft legal documents with minimum supervision.
- Demonstrate written and oral communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking, computer proficiency, and legal research relevant to their work as a paralegal.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate legal theory and related practical applications.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage practical ethical dilemmas commonly encountered by working paralegals including how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers.
|Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration
|Federal Government OR
|Torts and Personal Injury Law
|Law Office Management
|Advanced Legal Research and Writing
|Minimum Hours Required
+Paralegal Electives - SIX credit hours must be selected from the following:
++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.
+++Social/Behavioral Science Electives - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Social/Behavioral Science.
1 Students are required to have a paid legal position prior to the beginning of the semester. The course offers college credit for legal work experience and lectures to aid in career development or advancement.
2 Students are required to complete the prerequisite substantive law course for the specific internship.
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.