Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2009-2010 VSCC Catalog Program: Paralegal Studies Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Paralegal Studies

This program has been approved by the American Bar Association. Volunteer State Community College is a member of the American Association of Paralegal Education. The College offers the program of study to prepare students for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. The ABA defines a legal assistant or a paralegal as “a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” Paralegal skills emphasized include: legal research, legal document preparation, and an understanding of basic substantive and procedural law. This program is rigorous and requires excellent communication skills. A student who wishes to transfer from this program to a baccalaureate program is responsible for information about transferability of course work.  Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

All Paralegal Studies students completing the A.A.S. degree program are required to take an exit exam for Paralegal Studies. Graduation applicants must schedule the exam through the College Counseling and Testing Office located in Student Services.

To be considered for entry into the Paralegal Studies program as a major, a student must:

  1. Complete an application to the College and complete all developmental requirements except mathematics, which may be taken concurrently with LAW courses.
  2. Complete ENGL 1010, LAW 103*, and LAW 101* with a final grade of “C” or better. (NOTE: The completion of these courses is required for enrollment in further law courses unless otherwise approved by paralegal faculty.)
  3. Complete an interview or attend a meeting with the teaching faculty concerning program entry.

Entry, retention, and graduation standards for this program include:  completion of all developmental requirements (except mathematics); completion of ENGL 1010, LAW 103, and LAW 101 with a final grade of “C” or better as a requirement for enrollment in further law courses; completion of an inverview with the Paralegal Studies Coordinator; and no grade below “C” in any LAW course.

Required General Education Courses

Courses That Fulfill Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences Credits: (4)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences Credits: (3)
Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ENGL 1010¨ - English Composition I Credits: (3)
MATH 1010¨ - Math for Liberal Arts Credits: (3)

(or higher)

Total General Education Credits: 16

Required Major Core Courses

  • PHED Credits: (1)
    Choose any PHED Activity
Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CIS 100 - Computer Technology and Applications Credits: (3)
ENGL 1020¨ - English Composition II Credits: (3)
LAW 101* - Introduction to Law Credits: (3)
LAW 103* - Ethics and Professionalism Credits: (2)
LAW 104* - Torts Credits: (3)
LAW 105* - Legal Research Credits: (3)
LAW 106* - Legal Writing Credits: (3)
LAW 107* - Criminal Law Credits: (3)
LAW 108* - Evidence Credits: (2)
LAW 210* - Civil Trial and Appellate Practice I Credits: (3)
LAW 211* - Civil Trial and Appellate Practice II Credits: (3)

Electives Credits: 12

Choose four Electives from:

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
BUS 251* - Business Law Credits: (3)
BUS 280* - Cooperative Work Experience Credits: (3)
LAW 135* - Law Office Technology Credits: (3)
LAW 200* - Family Law Credits: (3)
LAW 220* - Business Organizations and Contracts Credits: (3)
LAW 231* - Estates and Trusts Credits: (3)
LAW 245* - Real Property Credits: (3)
LAW 250* - Administrative Law Credits: (3)
LAW 261* - Secured Transactions/Bankruptcy Credits: (3)
LAW 276T* - Special Topics in Law Credits: (1-6)

Total Major Core Credits: 44

Total Degree Requirements Credits: 60