Paralegal (PLG.APP)

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Associate in Applied Science

Business, Management, Marketing and Technology

Orchard Ridge Campus

The Paralegal program leads to an associate in applied science degree. The program is designed to provide the legal profession with qualified paraprofessionals who will perform legal research, aid in discovery and analyze evidence in preparation for litigation in the various court systems at the local, state and national levels.

Requirements for acceptance to the program

  • Complete all Required Supportive courses with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Complete ENG 1510, ENG 1520, BUS 2030, and BUS 2040 with a grade of C+ or higher.
  • Be interviewed by the PLG program Coordinator. This interview should be scheduled as soon as possible once the student declares a PLG Major but must be scheduled prior to the student’s enrollment in the first course sequence within the program.

The American Bar Association also requires that any course substitutions be approved before starting the PLG program of study. Students should see a counselor to initiate this process.

Major Requirements
PLG 2100Legal Research I3
PLG 2110Litigation4
PLG 2120Legal Research II4
PLG 2130Substantive Law4
PLG 2140Trial Preparation3
PLG 2160Legal Ethics2
Complete one of the following Special Topics courses (See List Below):2
Required Supportive Courses
CIS 1050Personal Computer Productivity Tools4
BUS 2030Business Law I3
BUS 2040Business Law II3
ENG 15101Composition I 3
ENG 15201Composition II 3
Complete one of the following COM courses:3
Interpersonal Communication 3
Fundamentals of Speech 3
Recommended Electives
AST 1090Legal Office Environment and Documentation3
BUS 1100Introduction to Business4
PLG 2510Paralegal Internship3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses41
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)3
Physical Education (1-credit)1
Social Science (3-credits)3
Written Communication (3-credits)
POL 1510American Government3
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree8
Total Credit Hours62

 Course may be used to meet General Education requirement.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.

Special Topics

PLG 2601Special Topics: Bankruptcy2
PLG 2602Special Topics: Criminal Law2
PLG 2603Special Topics: Employment Law2
PLG 2604Special Topics: Immigration Law2
PLG 2605Special Topics: Family Law2
PLG 2606Special Topics: Probate Law2
PLG 2607Special Topics: Intellectual Property2
PLG 2608Special Topics: Real Estate2
PLG 2609Special Topics: Business Organizations2
PLG 2611Special Topics: Legal Technology2
PLG 2612Special Topics2
PLG 2613Special Topics2
PLG 2614Special Topics2
PLG 2615Special Topics2
PLG 2616Special Topics2
PLG 2617Special Topics2
PLG 2618Special Topics2
PLG 2619Special Topics2
NOTE: A Paralegal is not licensed to practice law but does perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are bound to the same recognized ethical standards and rules of professional responsibility as a lawyer.  Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
To transfer legal specialty classes, courses must be from an ABA approved program and correspond to a required class in the program.  The program requires the last 15 paralegal credit hours must be from Oakland Community College.
(I) The program is designed to provide the legal profession with qualified paraprofessionals who will perform legal research, aid in discovery and analyze evidence in preparation for litigation in the various court systems at the local, state and national levels.
Other additional objectives include the following:
(II) To provide quality instruction for training students to assume responsible employment with attorneys and the courts, and to provide training to students at the college level in assisting attorneys and the courts with specified tasks of the legal assistant;
(III) To provide an understanding for, and appreciation of, and commitment to the ethical principles which govern legal assistants in their jobs--to their employers and the client communities they serve;
(IV) To provide quality education to residents of the Oakland Community College District who desire employment as paralegals;
(V) To provide excellence in training in the following critical skills: interviewing clients and handling follow-up legal activities; performing legal research tasks and follow-through; investigation, gathering and assembling legal information; drafting legal documents and pleadings; analyzing and summarizing legal documents; organizing and maintaining legal documents and developing a legal document control-management system; filling legal documents with courts and agencies; assisting in various court litigation-related tasks;
(VI) To contribute, as a community college program, to the economical and efficient delivery of legal services for the private and public sectors of the communities served by the institution.
Upon graduation from the program, it is expected that students in the program will be able to perform the following functions:
a) demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the ethical principles governing conduct within the legal environment;
b) analyze legal problems;
c) engage in legal writing and preparation of litigation and mediation summaries
d) conduct legal research;
e) evaluate, analyze and understand the elements of a lawsuit
f) complete necessary legal documents, forms and formats for litigation and other purposes;
g) effectively communicate legal findings and research findings;
h) effectively communicate with clients of the law firm or agency;
i) manage the law office and effectively assist attorneys and other legal professionals with the routine and various aspects of a legal practice.