This curriculum is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in a law office as a paraprofessional. It is also designed for legal secretaries presently employed in attorneys' offices who wish to improve their skills for career advancement.
A legal assistant is a trained specialist who can manage a law office operation, relieving a practicing attorney of those routine sections of cases that require knowledge of the legal process, and assisting the attorney with handling of complicated legal problems. The legal assistant also assists the attorney in legal research and in the design and development of new procedures, techniques, services, and processes for the law office. The legal assistant can also prepare and interpret legal documents and analyze procedural problems through the selection, compilation, and use of technical information from various legal references.
Completion of all requirements for this curriculum will lead to the award of the A.A.S.
A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows; part-time students should consult an adviser.
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Program Outcomes for the Paralegal A.A.S. Degree
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Prepare and interpret legal documents.
- Analyze legal problems and procedures in at least three areas of substantive laws.
- Perform legal research.
- Draft simple legal documents.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of facts, evidence, and rules of law.
Legal Ethics class attended court with Judge Simmons on Friday, December , 2011.