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    Salt Lake Community College
   
 
  Oct 24, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog [**** ATTENTION: YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVED CATALOG **** ]

Paralegal Studies: AAS (CTE)


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Associate of Applied Science | 64 credits minimum

Management, Marketing and Legal Studies
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Business Building, Rm 109
Library Square Center
General Information, 801-957-4073
Program Information, 801-957-4470

http://www.slcc.edu/paralegalstudies
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty:
Associate Professors − KC Jensen
Assistant Professors − L. Monte Sleight, Sharee Laidlaw

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 shoe 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

Total Program/Course Fees: Approx. $240 for Westlaw Fees

Estimated Cost for Students: $1734 per semester ($6936 for four semesters)

Estimated Time to Completion: Four semesters

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

1.1 Interview clients and witnesses and appropriately interact with clients.
1.2 Comply with the litigation process.
1.3 Use traditional and electronic resources to conduct legal research.
1.4 Draft Legal Documents
1.5 Understand basic substantive and procedural legal principles.

1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
2.1 Communicate effectively orally
2.2 Communicate effectively in writing
2 - Communicate Effectively
3.1 Perform Appropriate Calculations 3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4.1 Extract relevant data from complex information, process it appropriately, and draw reasonable conclusions. 4 - Think Critically and Creatively

5.1 Strive for excellence by developing a strong work ethic and consciously doing their best.
5.2 Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning relating to legal environments.

5 - Civic Engagement
6.1 Recognize potential ethical issues in the practice of the law and apply appropriate rules of professional responsibility. 6 - Work Professionally and Constructively

7.1 Use contemporary computer hardware and software to effectively complete college-level assignments.
7.2 Gather and analyze information using technology, library resources and other modalities.
7.3 Understand the purpose and basic navigation of legal software commonly used by paralegals.

7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy

General Education Requirements


Core Skills:


Composition (EN) 3 Credits


Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits


Communication (CM) 3 Credits


Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits


Distribution Areas: (6 Credits)


Choose an additional six credits from at least two of the following distribution areas.

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3
Social Science (SS)   3

Note:


*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.

Sample Schedule


Advising Notes:


The following courses require a B- grade or higher: LS 1010  , LS 1030  , LS 1040  and LS 2040  . Students are also required to earn a grade of C or higher in Paralegal Program electives.

General Education requirements and elective courses provide training in effective oral and written communication, and human relations skills.  Various courses are taught using team activities in the learning process to develop the student’s interactive skills and to build human relations skills.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes.  Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.  Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements for first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

Cooperative Education is the College’s program for recognizing and rewarding new learning associated with study-related employment in a business, industrial or government work environment.  Credit earned from LS 2000 - Legal Studies CO-OP  is applied toward graduation requirements as both an alternative required class or as an elective credit.  Contact the Cooperative Education Department at (801) 957-4014.

The Legal Studies Department strongly recommends that students enhance their employment opportunities through Cooperative Education as soon as skills permit, to complement the certificate or degree.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree has been reviewed and approved by the American Bar Association.

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