Mar 25, 2023
Official Title of Major: Paralegal Studies, A.A.S.
Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S
Total credit hours: 60
About the Legal Studies Institute
American Bar Association approved.
Purpose: This American Bar Association-approved program prepares students for employment in the paralegal field or to meet the requirements for promotion and/or additional career responsibility. 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 careers during the next several years. Students may enroll in either full-or part-time courses that are offered in day, evening, online, and weekend formats.
Range of Occupations
- Court administrative assistant
- Court clerk
- Law office manager
- Legal assistant
- Litigation paralegal
- Personal injury paralegal
- Medical malpractice paralegal
- Family law paralegal
- Paralegal for the State’s Attorney and/or Public Defender
- 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 (refer to 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.
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence
English Composition: 6 credits
Arts and Humanities: 3 credits
Additional General Education Requirements: 3 credits
Program Requirements: 38 credits
Satisfied by LGS 271 .
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 all the college’s core competencies.
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