Dec 05, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Paralegal Studies: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 64 credits minimum

Program Website
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Program Description
This program is designed for those considering employment as a paralegal, who wish to update their professional development, or for those already in the field.  A paralegal is a person qualified through education, training and work experience, who under direction and supervision of an attorney performs delegated legal work for the attorney or law firm, which the attorney otherwise would perform.  Although a paralegal is not licensed to practice law, he or she completes tasks traditionally performed by an attorney, with the exceptions of giving legal advice, independently representing clients, and any other unauthorized practice of law.  The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies has been reviewed and approved by the American Bar Association.  General Education requirements and elective courses provide training in effective oral and written communication, and human relation skills.  Various courses are taught using group and team activities in the learning process to develop the student’s interactive skills and to build human values and ethics.

Career Opportunities
Employment as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Course fees: $240

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

Specialized Accreditation
The American Bar Association does not offer accreditation, instead the ABA offer status as an approved program. This AAS degree has been approved by the American Bar Association.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) General Education Requirements 

Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Studies (QS): MATH 1010

Communication (CM): COMM 1020

Program Requirements


*Courses with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a B- or better.  All other required Courses must be completed with a C or better.

**It is highly recommended that students take LS 1010 & LS 1030 before LS 1040.

***Three credits of LS 2000 Legal Studies Co-op can be used to meet the required course requirement. Up to six credits of additional LS 2000 can be used to fulfill elective course requirements. However, a single three credit LS 2000 class cannot be used to meet both required and elective credit. Students may complete one 6-hour co-op and split the credits between the two categories.

Please note, at least 75% of Courses in the Required section must be completed at SLCC or from a Paralegal Studies program approved by the American Bar Association. All transfer credit will be at the discretion of LS faculty.

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Interview clients and witnesses and appropriately interact with clients. Comply with the litigation process. Use traditional and electronic resources to conduct legal research. Draft Legal Documents. Understand basic substantive and procedural legal principles. [1]
  • Communicate effectively orally. Communicate effectively in writing. [2]
  • Perform Appropriate Calculations. [3]
  • Extract relevant data from complex information, process it appropriately, and draw reasonable conclusions. [4]
  • Strive for excellence by developing a strong work ethic and consciously doing their best. Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning relating to legal environments. [6]
  • Recognize potential ethical issues in the practice of the law and apply appropriate rules of professional responsibility. [7]
  • Use contemporary computer hardware and software to effectively complete college-level assignments. Gather and analyze information using technology, library resources and other modalities. Understand the purpose and basic navigation of legal software commonly used by paralegals. [8,9]