Paralegal Studies - A.A.S. Degree

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This program is structured to provide a fundamental knowledge of the law while training the student for practical application of the legal concepts learned. The program of study is career-oriented and is not designed specifically for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution or attend law school.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Seek entry-level positions in law offices, governmental entities (courts, regulatory agencies, and law enforcement agencies, etc.), businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of legal issues related to litigation, family law, criminal law, contracts, business entities, wills and probate, real estate transactions, and legal research and writing.
  • Assist attorneys in the preparation of a wide variety of legal documents using word processing software while assisting with office management.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
LEGA100 Introduction to the American Legal System 3
LEGA105 Legal Research and Writing I** 3
Total Semester Credits
12
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
LEGA103 New Jersey Practice*** 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
LEGA210 Legal Research and Writing II** 3
BUSA205 Business Law I 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Summer Session
LEGA115 Real Estate Transactions 3
BUSA206 Business Law II 3
Total Semester Credits
6
Fall - Second Year
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
LEGA110 Estates and Trusts** 3
LEGA120 Family Law** 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
LEGA106 Civil Litigation** 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - Second Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
LEGA281 Paralegal Internship 3
PALG000 Program Elective* 3
MASC000 Math/Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
12
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

**Course only offered in fall

***Course only offered in spring

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.