Paralegal (PLG.APP)

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 Director. 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.

Paralegal program webpage

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Major Requirements
PLG 2100Legal Research3
PLG 2110Litigation4
PLG 2120Legal Writing4
PLG 2130Substantive Law4
PLG 2140Trial Preparation3
PLG 2160Legal Ethics2
PLG 2611Legal Technology3
PLG 2612eDiscovery3
Complete one of the following Special Topics courses (See Special Topics list below):2
Required Supportive Courses
BUS 2030Business Law I3
BUS 2040Business Law II3
CIS 1050Personal Computer Productivity Tools4
ENG 15101Composition I 3-6
or ENG 1510E Composition I Enhanced4
or ENG 1510S Composition I with Support6
ENG 15201Composition II 3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses44
Recommended Electives
Paralegal Internship3
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Complete one of the following COM courses:3
Interpersonal Communication 3
Fundamentals of Speech 3
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)3
Social Science (3-credits)3
Written Communication (3-credits)
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree6
Total Credit Hours62-65

 Course may be used to meet General Education requirement.

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

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.

Special Topics

PLG 2601Special Topics: Bankruptcy Law2
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 Estate Law2
PLG 2609Special Topics: Business Organizations2
PLG 2613Special Topics2
PLG 2614Special Topics2
PLG 2615Special Topics2
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