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2017-2018 Catalog

Paralegal Studies - General Practice (A.A.S.)


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Title of Major: Paralegal Studies - General Practice, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S

Code: AAS.PARA.GENL

Total credit hours: 60

About Legal Studies Institute

American Bar Association approved.

Purpose: Basic information is presented to prepare students for employment in the paralegal field or to meet the requirements for promotion and additional career responsibility. Students are able to choose one of the following areas of concentration: general practice, business or litigation. Paralegal courses are taught by judges, practicing attorneys and experts in the field, with an emphasis on practical applications. Employment projections suggest that the paralegal field will be one of the fastest-growing career areas during the next several years. Students may enroll either full- or part-time and courses are offered in day, evening and weekend formats.

Range of Occupations

  • Administrative assistant
  • Court administrative assistant
  • Court clerk
  • Law office manager
  • Legal assistant
  • Legislative legal assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Real estate settlement officer
  • Victim advocate

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law.

Statewide Tuition Reduction Program


This program of study may be designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Statewide Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

Graduation Requirements


See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 23-26 credits


An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits


Biological and Physical Sciences: 4 credits


One laboratory course required. See Biological and Physical Sciences  for a list of approved courses.

Computer Technology: 4 credits


See General Education Computer Technology Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Health, Fitness and Wellness: 3 credits


See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits


  • MAT 100 - The Nature of Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Or more advanced level if qualified. Due to a variety of transfer requirements at four-year schools, students should consult with an advisor or refer to the math department listed by their transfer school before choosing a math course.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits


Area of Concentration Requirements: 12-15 credits


  • LGS 254 - Business Law 2 3 credit hours
  • Elective (paralegal studies): 6 credit hours 
    Choose any two paralegal studies electives from any non-required LGS courses, except LGS 135 , LGS 136 , LGS 156 , LGS 217 , LGS 218 , LGS 225 , LGS 232 , or LGS 270 .
  • Elective (paralegal studies): 3 credit hours
    Consult with an advisor. Students may select any additional LGS class except LGS 100 .
  • Elective: 0-3 credit hours
    Applies to students who complete ENG 121  and need an additional 3 credits to meet the 60 credit hours for degree.

Computer Competency Requirement


All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement


Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Become critical thinkers.
  • Become effective communicators.
  • Become competent legal professionals.
  • Become ethical legal professionals.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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