The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies degree program is designed to provide graduates with an understanding of the law and the United States court systems. An emphasis is placed on legal terminology, legal research and writing, and technology used in the legal field. Graduates are prepared for employment in a law firm or government agency, with career possibilities such as legal secretary, legal assistant, and paralegal.
Students completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies will be able to:
• Identify legal terminology needed to communicate with professionals in the legal field. (Remember)
• Demonstrate professional skills necessary to a paralegal career, including oral and written communication and technology skills. (Understand)
• Describe the sources of law, hierarchy and powers of various state and federal courts. (Understand)
• Utilize appropriate ethical behavior within the legal field. (Apply)
• Apply critical thinking and research skills within a legal context. (Apply)
• Analyze a variety of legal sources, including statutes and case law, and apply them to a given set of facts. (Analyze)
• Compose various types of legal correspondence and legal documents. (Create)
Curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
Choose two of the following:
BUSN 212 – Business Law 3
BUSN 230 - Business Etiquette & Image 3
CAS 210 - Outlook Complete 3
CAS 230 – Office Administration 3
COMM 205 – Professional Communications 3
ENGL 102 – Writing for Arts and Humanities 3
SOCI 203 – General Sociology 3
Subtotal Credit Hours Required
This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of study for this calendar year. Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student.
Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.