Dr. Susan Demers, Dean
The Paralegal Studies BAS program is designed to train students for careers as paralegals in law firms, governmental entities and corporate legal departments. Paralegals work under the supervision of attorneys to provide non-clerical professional support in the delivery of legal services to clients and the community. Paralegals are not licensed to practice law.
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2013 (475), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
Admission requires an A.S. Degree of sixty (60) credits in Paralegal/ Legal Assisting including at least fifteen (15) semester hours of transferable general education coursework.
General Education Credits 15-21
Legal Assisting and Support Courses 39-45
Students with an A.A. degree, A.S. degree not listed above, or completion of at least 60 credit hours (60 credits must include at least 15 credits of general education courses) may be admitted with permission of the Dean. All students must fulfill an additional fifteen (15) credits in related courses at the lower division 1000 and 2000 level with a prefix of PLA including: PLA 1003, PLA 1104, PLA 1763, PLA 2114 and PLA 2203, plus 3 credits of any other lower division PLA course required of an A.S. Degree student totaling 18 credits with a grade of "C" or higher in each course.
If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.A.S. program.
A.A. Degree or A.S. Degree
ADDITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - Grade of "C" or higher
MAJOR CORE COURSES
Grade of "C" or higher required for all upper-division courses
MAJOR CORE COURSES
REQUIRED FINAL COURSE - Last Semester for All Students
MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Select 24 credits - Grade of "C" or higher required for all upper-division courses