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Paralegal Studies

Accreditation: The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Program description. A paralegal works in a law office under the direct supervision of an attorney doing legal work such as drafting legal documents, organizing files, conducting legal research and investigations, and managing the office. The Paralegal Studies program offers a core of general education and a core of legal specialty courses designed for paralegals. Although paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law, they can, while working under the supervision of an attorney, perform many law office tasks once done solely by an attorney.

Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Typical job opportunities: Law firms, legal aid services, corporate law departments, insurance and accounting firms, real estate and title companies, government legal departments

Program goals. Upon completion of the Paralegal Studies program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Apply the basic principles of law and legal ethics.
  2. Qualify for entry-level positions using skills acquired through the legal specialty courses.
  3. Identify problems and use analytical skills to find solutions.
  4. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding and practical application of law-office management and related computer applications in the legal environment.

Contact: Business and Computer Technology, (865) 694-6656

Paralegal Studies—Courses and Course Sequence

Special note: Only students with college-level English skills (i.e., those eligible to enroll in ENGL 1010) may enroll in LAW courses. This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.

Semester I (Fall)
ENGL 1010 English Composition 3
LAW 1000 Introduction to Law & Ethics 3
MATH 1 Mathematics Elective 3-5
INFS 1010 Computer Applications 3
SPCH 2100 Public Speaking 3
Semester II (Spring)
LAW 2 Law Elective 3
LAW 1050 + Legal Writing & Analysis 3
LAW 1060 + Legal Research 3
LAW 2100 + Torts 3
ADMN 2700 Legal Terminology & Transcription 3
Semester III (Fall)
ACCT 1010 Principles of Accounting I 3
LAW 2030 + Property Law 3
LAW 2210 + Litigation Skills I 3
LAW 2300 Contracts & UCC 3
SBS 1 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Semester IV (Spring)
HUM/FA 1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
LAW 2 LAW Elective 3
LAW 2220 + Litigation Skills II 3
LAW 2800 + Legal Internship 3
SBS 1 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60

 

 

MATH/SBS/HUM/FA 1 See the list of General Education courses in the Academic Information section of this Catalog for electives.
LAW 2 Electives to be chosen from LAW 1020, 2040, 2110, 2120, 2600, 2620, 2900.
+ Law specialty course

 

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