Official Title of Major: Law and Jurisprudence, A.A.
Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.
Total Credit Hours: 60
About the Legal Studies Institute
Purpose: This transfer program provides a law and liberal arts foundation for those students transferring to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence and, ultimately, attend law school. Prospective lawyers should develop proficiency in writing, speaking, reading, researching, analyzing and thinking logically. A multidisciplinary background is critical; therefore, this program provides a core of courses considered essential to the pre-law/jurisprudence student.
Range of Occupations
The skills and knowledge acquired in this program can be applied to a variety of occupations, including: lawyer, law clerk, paralegal, legal assistant, mediator, arbitrator, title examiner, abstractor, judge, magistrate and other judicial workers.
English Composition: 6 credits
Arts and Humanities: 6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits
Additional General Education Requirements: 3 credits
Program Requirements: 29 credits
Satisfied by SOC 111 .
Satisfied by LGS 112 .
Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Explain basic legal concepts, issues, and terminology in subject matter areas that are essential to the practice of law
2. Apply critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, and interpret legal and factual issues and effectively interface with clients and attorneys
3. Demonstrate effective legal research, writing, and oral communication skills.
4. Apply general principles of ethical and professional responsibility to the role of paralegals and attorneys in the practice of law
5. Apply practical legal skills and legal theory to assist attorneys in the practice of law
This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.
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