Program Description

Legal Support Careers
Paralegal AS (60 Credits)

Program Description
The Paralegal Program prepares paralegal professionals to assist attorneys in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and other legal service facilities. The legal courses offered in this program include legal research and writing, corporate law, family law, wills, probate and estate administration, litigation, and real estate, as well as more general legal subjects. Each course is designed to develop a comprehensive knowledge in the subject area and provide students with hands-on experiences in specific legal procedures as they relate to areas of law. Paralegal students will also enhance their communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, analytical, human diversity, ethical, and global perspective competencies in their required general education curriculum.

Attorneys and other legal professionals are able to provide legal services to the public more efficiently and economically by utilizing paralegal assistance. Paralegals are trained to apply the law and legal procedures to prepare legal documents, analyze procedural and substantive legal problems, interview clients and witnesses, manage cases, and other important legal tasks.

Please note that the Paralegal program does not train graduates to provide legal services directly to the public. Any person who attempts to provide legal services directly to the public, but is not licensed to practice law, engages in the illegal and unauthorized practice of law.

In order to comply with accreditation guidelines from the American Association for Paralegal Education, a student must complete a minimum of ten credit hours of paralegal courses in a traditional face to face classroom setting. For purposes of calculating the ten credit hours, a hybrid course counts as an online class.

**Students who have earned a grade of "C" or better, in all program classes, as well as an overall GPA of 2.5 or better will have satisfied the program requirements for the AS degree.

All students are required to purchase a program specific laptop computer.

Career Opportunities
Paralegal graduates will find careers in law firms, courts, corporations, government agencies (such as police departments and the FBI), and jobs requiring legal background in many other venues. Paralegal duties vary according to the nature of employment, level of experience, and level of education. A paralegal degree may lead to other advanced legal degrees in criminal justice, jurisprudence, and other legal-related graduate studies.

Technical Studies Prerequisites

» Students entering the Paralegal AS program must type 35 words per minute with two or less errors on a two minute timing. Testing is available during registration or student may bring in a current typing test (less than one year old). If you are unable to meet the typing requirement, you must complete BUSM1207. It is also strongly recommended that students are highly proficient in current word processing, spreadsheets database, and presentation software applications. Students are encouraged to take CPTR1210: Intro to Computers, to enhance these skills during the first semester of the program as needed.

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
LEGL1206 Paralegal Basic Law I 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
LEGL1203 Legal Research and Writing 4 Credits
LEGL1215 Paralegal Basic Law II 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
LEGL1210 Ethics for Legal Professionals 2 Credits
LEGL2205 Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration 3 Credits
LEGL2206 Real Estate 3 Credits
LEGL2207 Litigation 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
LEGL2204 Family Law 3 Credits
LEGL2208 Corporate Law 3 Credits
LEGL2209 Paralegal Internship 2-4 Credits

General Education
ENGL1302 Analytical Writing 4 Credits
DVRS1304 Diversity and Social Justice 3 Credits
POLS1304 Introduction to American Politics 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal 1 Comunications-Oral 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal 2 Critical Thinking CRTK 1300 or PHIL 13 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal 4 Mathematics MATH 1300 or 1350 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal 5 Social,Behavior Science 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal 6 Humanities/Arts 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal 8 Global Perspective 3 Credits
  MNTransfer General Education Electives 3 Credits

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $2,000 plus laptop

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303