Paralegal Studies - A.A.S.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: The paralegal studies program is designed to help prepare a person to perform duties requiring knowledge of both substantive and procedural law under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney, or to perform duties for corporation and other employers that benefit from the ability to gather and organize information and to understand legal issues. An Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded upon successful completion of this two-year program. The program curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes they need to become competent and ethical professional paralegals.

Freshman Year

Fall

LGLA 1301Legal Research & Writing

3

LGLA 1313Intro to Paralegal Studies

3

LGLA 1311Intro to Law

3

COSC 1401Introduction - Computing

4

OR

ITSC 1409Integrated Soft Applications I

4

ENGL 1301Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

COSC 1401: ITSC 1409 is a substitute course for COSC 1401 in A.A.S. and Certificate degrees.

Spring

LGLA 2307Law Office Management

3

LGLA 2303Torts & Personal Injury Law

3

LGLA 2313Criminal Law & Procedure

3

GOVT 2305Federal Government

3

SPCH 1315Public Speaking

3

OR

SPCH 1321Business & Professional Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Sophomore Year

Fall

LGLA 1345Civil Litigation

3

LGLA 1355Family Law

3

LGLA 1353Wills Trusts & Probate Admin

3

MATH 1324Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences

3

OR

MATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)

3

GOVT 2306Texas Government

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring

LGLA 2331Advanced Legal Research & Writ

3

LGLA 2309Real Property

3

LGLA 2335Advanced Civil Litigation

3

LGLA 2288Practicum

2

Approved Language / Philosophy / Culture or Creative Arts

3

Total Credit Hours:14

LGLA 2288: Capstone course. Must be taken in the last semester.

LGLA 1311 and 1313 are prerequisites for all other LGLA courses except LGLA 1301.