(Associate of Applied Science Degree)
El Centro only
(Block Scheduling available at El Centro College)
- 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 of Applied Science 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:
- 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.
|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 OR||3|
|MATH 1324||Math for Business and Social Sciences OR||(3)|
|MATH 2342||Elementary Statistical Methods||(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||Public Speaking||(3)|
|LGLA 1345||Civil Litigation||3|
|LGLA 1353||Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration||3|
|GOVT 2305||Federal Government OR||3||GOVT 2306||Texas Government||(3)|
|LGLA 2303||Torts and Personal Injury Law||3|
|LGLA 2307||Law Office Management||3|
|LGLA 2331||Advanced Legal Research and Writing||3|
|Minimum Hours Required||60|
+Paralegal Electives - SIX credit hours must be selected from the following:
|LGLA 1359||Immigration Law||3|
|LGLA 1380||Cooperative Education-Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1||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 1||3|
|LGLA 2388||Internship-Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2||3|
++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.