Paralegal Studies with Criminal Justice Emphasis - A.A.S.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: The A.A.S. Paralegal Studies with Criminal Justice Emphasis degree is designed to help prepare a person to perform duties requiring a knowledge of substantive and procedural law under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney, or to perform duties for government agencies, courts or other employers that benefit from the paralegal’s ability to gather and organize information and to understand legal issues. The criminal justice emphasis allows the student to focus on criminal law and is specifically designed to help prepare the student for paralegal work in a law firm specializing in criminal defense, a public defender’s office, a prosecutor’s office, a probation department, court or other government agency that would benefit from the paralegal’s knowledge of criminal law and procedure.

Articulated credit may be available for some courses students completed while in high school.

Freshman Year

Fall

LGLA 1301Legal Research & Writing

3

LGLA 1313Intro to Paralegal Studies

3

LGLA 1311Intro to Law

3

CRIJ 1301Intro - Criminal Justice

3

CJSA 1322Intro - Criminal Justice (3)

3

ENGL 1301Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Spring

LGLA 2307Law Office Management

3

LGLA 2313Criminal Law & Procedure

3

OR

CRIJ 1310Fundamentals - Criminal Law

3

OR

CJSA 1327Fundamentals of Criminal Law

3

GOVT 2305Federal Government

3

SPCH 1315Public Speaking

3

OR

SPCH 1321Business & Professional Communication

3

OR

COSC 1301Introduction to Computing

3

Total Credit Hours:12

COSC 1301: ITSC 1309 is a substitute course for COSC 1301 in A.A.S. and Certificate degrees.

Sophomore Year

Fall

LGLA 1345Civil Litigation

3

LGLA 1355Family Law

3

MATH 1324Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences

3

OR

MATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)

3

GOVT 2306Texas Government

3

Major Emphasis Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring

LGLA 2331Advanced Legal Research & Writ

3

LGLA 2335Advanced Civil Litigation

3

LGLA 2388Practicum

3

Major Emphasis Elective

3

Approved Language / Philosophy / Culture or Creative Arts

3

Total Credit Hours:15

LGLA 2288: Capstone must be taken in the last semester.

Approved Major Emphasis Electives

CRIJ 1313Juvenile Justice System

3

CRIJ 1307Crime in America

3

CRIJ 2301Comm. Resouces In Correction

3

SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

LGLA 2303Torts & Personal Injury Law

3

LGLA 1353Wills Trusts & Probate Admin

3

LGLA 2309Real Property

3

CRCJ 1474 TYC Pre-Service Academy and CJCR 1166 Practicum-TYC/OJT will meet requirement for one elective.