Paralegal

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 60 credits

About this program
The Paralegal program provides graduates with a strong legal foundation that prepares them to work under the supervision of an attorney. Students will gain knowledge in the areas of criminal law, civil law, family law, real property law and estate planning. Communication and critical thinking skills combined with real-world application will provide students with the legal knowledge and technical competencies needed for a successful legal career. Students will gain a strong background in legal research and writing using electronic research programs. Graduates of the program find successful careers in legal firms, corporate offices and nonprofit and government organizations.
Program outcomes
  1. Analyze basic accounting principles.
  2. Demonstrate effective use of technology.
  3. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
  4. Employ critical thinking and complex legal reasoning.
  5. Explain the American legal system.
  6. Develop knowledge of substantive and procedural law.
  7. Develop sound legal writing skills.
  8. Demonstrate ethical and social responsibility.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org Phone: 312.263.0456 / 800.621.7440
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Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
45 Required courses
9 Restricted electives in courses
3 Restricted electives in subjects
3 Restricted electives in course types
60 Total

Paralegal - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Required Courses:

Course Credits
ACCT1120 - Business Law 3
COMM1120 - Introduction to Public Speaking 3
CPTR1104 - Introduction to Computer Technology 3
ENGL1101 - College Writing 3
HRES1122 - Human Resource Management 3
PARA1101 - Introduction to Paralegal 3
PARA1102 - Legal Research and Writing I 3
PARA1104 - Civil Law for Paralegals 3
PARA1105 - Criminal Law for Paralegals 3
PARA1106 - Wills, Trusts & Probate 3
PARA1112 - Legal Ethics for the Paralegal 3
PARA2202 - Legal Research and Writing II 3
PARA2204 - Real Property 3
PARA2212 - Family Law 3
PSYC1200 - General Psychology 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
ACCT1012 - Foundations of Accounting 3
ACCT2211 - Financial Accounting I 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
POLS1120 - American National Government 3
POLS1130 - State and Local Government 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
PARA2210 - Advanced Paralegal Practices 3
PARA2216 - Paralegal Internship 3

3 credits from these course subjects:

Subject
SOC

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals
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1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Course Credits
CPTR1104 - Introduction to Computer Technology 3
ENGL1101 - College Writing 3
PARA1101 - Introduction to Paralegal 3
PARA1102 - Legal Research and Writing I 3
PARA1105 - Criminal Law for Paralegals 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Course Credits
COMM1120 - Introduction to Public Speaking 3
PARA1104 - Civil Law for Paralegals 3
PARA1112 - Legal Ethics for the Paralegal 3
PARA2202 - Legal Research and Writing II 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
POLS1120 - American National Government 3
POLS1130 - State and Local Government 3

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Course Credits
ACCT1120 - Business Law 3
HRES1122 - Human Resource Management 3
PARA2204 - Real Property 3
PARA2212 - Family Law 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
ACCT1012 - Foundations of Accounting 3
ACCT2211 - Financial Accounting I 3

2nd Spring Term - 15 credits

Course Credits
PARA1106 - Wills, Trusts & Probate 3
PSYC1200 - General Psychology 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
PARA2210 - Advanced Paralegal Practices 3
PARA2216 - Paralegal Internship 3

3 credits from these course subjects:

Subject
SOC

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals