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 in 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. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
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Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
48 Required courses
6 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:

Subj. Number 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
PARA2216 Paralegal Internship 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ACCT1012 Principles of Bookkeeping CK 3
ACCT2211 Financial Accounting I 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
POLS1120 American National Government 3
POLS1130 State and Local Government 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

Subj. Number 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

Subj. Number 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:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
POLS1120 American National Government 3
POLS1130 State and Local Government 3

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number 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:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ACCT1012 Principles of Bookkeeping CK 3
ACCT2211 Financial Accounting I 3

2nd Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
PARA1106 Wills, Trusts & Probate 3
PARA2216 Paralegal Internship 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3

3 credits from these course subjects:

Subject
SOC

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals