Paralegal Studies (AA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies (PRLSAA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Political Science

The Associate of Arts Program in Paralegal Studies is not currently accepting applications for Admission.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements1
Program/Major Requirements 131
Minimum Total Hours63

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the program’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the program director.  Completion of this degree also requires a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average and a minimum 2.75 grade point average on courses in Paralegal Studies.

The Paralegal Studies Program utilizes the university-wide policy regarding transfer credits for all courses.  However, the program maintains the following policy for the transfer of legal specialty course credits from other institutions:

  1. No more than 6 semester hours will be permitted to be transferred as paralegal specialty courses (either paralegal core or paralegal electives).
  2. The courses must be taken in a traditional classroom setting (i.e. no online courses will be accepted).
  3. The courses must apply to the established curricula of the Paralegal Studies Program.
  4. Students are required to indicate whether the institution is ABA approved.
  5. Students must provide a syllabus or similar comprehensive summary of the completed course.
  6. Students must provide official transcripts.

It is the responsibility of the transferring student to request an evaluation of credits prior to course enrollment; to request an official transcript from the transferring institution; to submit the necessary materials, including copies of the appropriate catalog and/or syllabus describing courses previously taken, and to pursue the status of that evaluation upon enrollment.  The student must have completed the admissions process before transfer credits are officially evaluated.

NOTE:  Upon being accepted into the Paralegal Studies Program, students are required to take at least 10 semester hours of legal specialty courses in a traditional classroom setting.

Departmental Admission Requirements

The Associate of Arts Program in Paralegal Studies is not currently accepting applications for Admission.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to American Government and Politics - SB

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
WR—one approved course at the 300 level or above 1
Minimum Total Hours1

Program/Major Requirements

Paralegal Studies Program
PARA 101Legal Systems and the Paralegal3
PARA 102Legal Research and Writing3
PARA 203Advanced Legal Research and Writing3
PARA 399Professional Ethics for Paralegals1
POLS 201Introduction to American Government and Politics - SB 23
PARA 390Paralegal Internship 33
Select five of the following: 15
Family Law
Torts for Paralegals
Computers and the Law
Litigation
Criminal Litigation
Business Associations and Transactions
Wills, Estates and Trusts
Consumer Law
Real Estate Law for Paralegals
Topics in Paralegal Studies
Minimum Total Hours31

 Completion of this degree also requires a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average and a minimum 2.75 grade point average on courses in Paralegal Studies.

No more than 6 semester hours from another institution will be permitted to be transferred as paralegal specialty courses (either paralegal core or paralegal electives). Other conditions may apply to transfer credits (see Overview).