Paralegal AAS

The Paralegal program educates and trains students to perform substantive and procedural legal work under the supervision of a lawyer. Paralegals are non-lawyers who assist attorneys in their professional duties. Two options are available in the Paralegal program: an 89-credit AAS degree program and a 38-credit Certificate program. To be accepted into the AAS Paralegal program, students must first complete the AAS Legal Assistant program, or have prior legal office experience. Upon completion of the Paralegal AAS degree, students will:

  • Be able to think critically
  • Demonstrate organizational skills
  • Work effectively with a variety of legal office professionals and clients
  • Understand and apply legal ethics as required by law
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the legal system and its various agencies
  • Demonstrate solid interviewing and investigation skills
  • Draft legal documents and memoranda pertinent to specific areas of law
  • Demonstrate excellent writing, listening, and speaking skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge in legal research and writing skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of computer programs
  • Maintain confidentiality

Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required.

General Education Core

Written Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
COLLEGE WRITING
RESEARCH WRITING
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3.00
PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00-5.00
MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS (or MATH-147A & MATH-147B)
CALCULUS I
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II
MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS
MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
HRPT-185HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS3.00
Additional General Education Core
Select one of the following:3.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
SURVEY OF ART
SCIENCE FOR LIFE
PLANTS AND PEOPLE
HUMAN BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
THE CHEMISTRY OF DAILY LIFE
GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
ID 300A - 300T (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES
NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR
GENERAL PHYSICS I
PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS
DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Total Credits15.00-17.00

Program Requirements

ACCPT-101BASIC ACCOUNTING I3.00
CITPT-110BUSINESS COMPUTER SKILLS3.00
CITPT-212SPREADSHEETS AND DATATBASES IN BUSINESS3.00
GNBPT-222PROOFREADING 13.00
GNBPT-245BUSINESS WRITING3.00
LAWPT-219LEGAL TERMINOLOGY3.00
LAWPT-223LEGAL SUPPORT FUNDAMENTALS AND ETHICS3.00
LAWPT-224INTRODUCTION TO LAW3.00
LAWPT-230LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING I3.00
LAWPT-265BUSINESS LAW I3.00
or LAWPT-365 BUSINESS LAW II
LAWPT-274LEGAL PROCEDURES II3.00
LAWPT-294AINTERNSHIP IN LAW I3.00
LAWPT-321REAL ESTATE LAW AND PROCEDURES3.00
LAWPT-322PARALEGAL PROCEDURES FOR CRIMINAL LAW3.00
LAWPT-323CIVIL LITIGATION3.00
LAWPT-324ADVANCED CIVIL LITIGATION3.00
LAWPT-331LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING II3.00
LAWPT-332WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES3.00
LAWPT-341BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS2.00
LAWPT-342FAMILY LAW3.00
LAWPT-345TORT LAW3.00
LAWPT-367INTERNSHIP IN LAW3.00
OFFPT-233OFFICE PROCEDURES3.00
WRPPT-200WORD PROCESSING6.00
Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required
Total Credits74.00

Summary

General Education15
Program Requirements74
Total89