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Associate's Degree of Applied Business in Paralegal Studies

Program Highlights

  • 2 Year Program
  • Accredited
  • Instructor Assistance
  • Your Own Success Coach
  • Books Included in Tuition

Overview

Associate's Degree of Applied Business in Paralegal Studies

This program is designed to prepare students to support attorneys in transactional and litigations fields by introducing them to the unique language of law and key concepts of the profession. Students will identify the role of the paralegal in the legal environment and will be introduced to legal research practices, document drafting, case management, evidence gathering and the litigation procedure.

Students will gain skills and knowledge they can apply promptly in the workplace such as critical thinking and decision-making skills, human relations concepts and the communication skills of a well-qualified legal assistant. Students will be introduced to their responsibility to act in an ethical manner, honoring privacy and adhering to the best practices of the profession. Emphasis is placed on marketable skills required in the law office and valued in the legal environment. In addition, this program provides a foundation for further studies.

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    • Describe the American legal system
    • Define the role of the paralegal in the legal community and the skills required of a well-qualified paralegal
    • Describe the core areas of law and appreciate the scope of the field, specifically: torts, wills & trusts, civil procedure, litigation, family law, business organization & contracts, real estate and criminal law
    • Identify the skills often asked of a paralegal: case management, legal research, discovery, docketing, drafting & analyzing documents and alternative dispute resolution
    • Communicate effectively via multiple channels of exchange including oral and written
    • Utilize decision support tools in the way of math formulas, computer software and information systems to analyze or solve problems
    • Identify the ethical responsibility of paralegals in the legal community and recognize best practices in the field.
    • Demonstrate an ability to find and use reference tools/resources to inform legal documents