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Paralegal Studies, Litigation Option, A.A.S.

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


Total Credit Hours: 60 credit hours.

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 options: 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

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

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


Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

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Program Requirements

(suggested sequencing)

Term 1

Computer Technology: 4 credits

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

English: 3 credits

Total credit hours: 16

Biological and Physical Sciences: 4 credits

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

Elective: 0-3 credits

Students who complete ENG 121  may select any LGS class except LGS 100 - Introduction to the Law .

Total credit hours: 13-16

Health, Fitness and Wellness: 3 credits

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

Total credit hours: 15

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

Students may satisfy the computer competency requirement simultaneously with their computer technology general education requirement. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

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. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer.

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