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Paralegal Studies

 
As defined by the American Bar Association, “A paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”
The paralegal studies program at Union County College is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of paralegal job opportunities. The utilization of paralegals improves the efficiency, economy and availability of legal services. A paralegal performs substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
 
The Associate in Applied Science Degree Option will prepare students to enter the paralegal work force with the requisite skills or to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their baccalaureate degree. 

The specific objectives of this program are that the student will be able to:
 
  • Examine the roles played by paralegals in the American legal system, particularly the ethical regulations concerning the practice of law;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Effectively communicate with others in a diverse society, maintaining a professional manner and client confidence;
  • Conduct legal research and other fact-gathering activities including client interviews and investigations using current and emerging technologies;
  • Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and accurately according to the standards of the legal profession;
  • Recognize the similarities and differences among the general areas of law;
  • Discuss the basic tenets of the diverse subjects of law, define the legal terms related to these areas, and prepare the documents related to these specialties;
  • Analyze and evaluate the relevant legal issues presented in various fact patterns;
  • Prepare various documents in preparation for litigation and post-trial practice;
  • Incorporate computer technology in law office management and data compilation systems.

Transfer Policy: Prospective students may transfer no more than 30 credits, and no more than 12 credits of legal specialty courses, into Associates in Applied Science degree program, and only with the approval of the Program Director.
Search for courses in the online course catalog.

Curriculum

First Year

First Semester

LGL 101 - Intro to Paralegal Studies
LGL 110 - Legal Research
ENG 101 - English Comp I
CIS 100 - Intro to Computer Applications
MAT 113 - Math Applications (or higher)

Second Semester

LGL 120 - Contract Law
LGL 111 - Legal Writing
ENG 102 - English Comp II
LGL 140 - Property Law
Elective - Social Science
Elective - Laboratory Science

Second Year

First Semester

LGL 210 - Tort Law
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication
LGL 220 - Litigation I
ECO 105 - Basic Economics OR
ECO 202 - Principles of Economics II
LGL - Elective

Second Semester

GOV 201 - American Govt. & Politics OR
GOV 202 - American National Govt
Elective - Humanities
LGL 240 - Business Organizations
LGL 221 - Litigation II
LGL 215 - Law Office Management
LGL - Elective

Legal Electives:
LGL 230 - Family Law
LGL 231 - Criminal Law
LGL 235 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates
LGL 250 - Bankruptcy Law
LGL 260 - Employment Law
LGL 270 - Immigration Law
LGL 290 - Paralegal Internship

  1. MAT119 may be required to transfer to certain four-year programs. Students interested in pos­sible transfer should seek academic advising.
  2. This course must have a lab component per the General Ed. requirements. This lab course may not be from another occu­pational program like the health occupational courses or police science/criminal justice.

 

Career Options

This program is designed to prepare the graduate to enter the workforce as a paralegal working under the supervision of a lawyer or to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Applied Science Degree

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