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					                                                                                                                    PA R A L E G A L ST U D I E S                           209
                                                      PARALEGAL STUDIES
PARALEGAL STUDIES                                                              BUSINESS OPTION (code AAS.PARA.BUSN)
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE                                            Estimated Minimum Cost: $6,112. Tuition and fees are subject to
C AREERS C ENTER                                                               change. For cost details see page 27.
R OOM 232, 410-777-7323                                                        REQUIREMENTS (suggested sequencing)
WWW. AACC . EDU / LEGALSTUDIES                                                                                                                                                CREDITS
This program of study is designated as a statewide program; therefore, some    TERM 1
residents of Maryland (see page 26) enrolled in this program of study by the    COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
first day of the term who are residents of Maryland may be eligible for in-        General education requirement, see page 248.
county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.                ENGLISH          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
                                                                                     ENG 111 and ENG 112 Composition and Introduction to Literature 1, 2
Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.                                OR ENG 115 and ENG 116 Composition and Introduction to Literature for
American Bar Association approved                                                    Non-native Speakers 1, 2
                                                                                  OR ENG 121 Composition and Literature
Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 61 credit hours.                                  Successful completion of ENG 121 fully satisfies the college English composition general
                                                                                   education requirements. Students who take ENG 121 and not ENG 111-112 may need to
Purpose: Basic information is presented to prepare students for                    take an additional elective course to ensure that they complete a minimum of 60 credits
                                                                                   which are required for the award of an associate degree. These credit hours must be cho-
employment in the paralegal field or to meet the requirements for                  sen with the approval of the department chair or program coordinator.
promotion and additional career responsibility. Students are able to             LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
choose one of the following options: general practice, business or               LGS 253 Business Law 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
litigation. Paralegal courses are taught by judges, practicing attor-            MAT 100 The Nature of Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4
neys and experts in the field, with an emphasis on practical applica-              Or more advanced level if qualified. General education requirement, see page 249. Due to
tions. Employment projections suggest that the paralegal field will                a variety of transfer requirements at four-year schools, students should consult with an
                                                                                   adviser or refer to the math requirement listed by their transfer school before choosing a
be one of the fastest-growing career areas during the next several                 math course. Students planning to transfer to University of Baltimore should select
years. Students may enroll either full- or part-time and courses are               MAT 135.
offered in day, evening and weekend formats.                                                                                                     Total credit hours 15-17
RANGE OF OCCUPATIONS                                                           TERM 2
 • Administrative assistant                                                     COM 111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
                                                                                OR COM 116 Fundamentals of Oral Communication for
 • Court administrative assistant
                                                                                   Non-Native Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
 • Court clerk                                                                  ENGLISH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-3
 • Law office manager                                                              See first year — term 1.
 • Legal assistant                                                               HEALTH, FITNESS and WELLNESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
                                                                                   General education requirement, see page 249.
 • Legislative legal assistant                                                   LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
 • Paralegal                                                                     LGS 254 Business Law 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
 • Real estate settlement officer                                                Elective (paralegal studies) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
                                                                                   Paralegal studies electives to be chosen from LGS 138, LGS 165, LGS 170, LGS 171,
 • Victim advocate                                                                 LGS 200, LGS 205, LGS 220, LGS 230, LGS 235, LGS 236, LGS 260, LGS 271 and LGS 275.
Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers                                                                                  Total credit hours 15-18
Center at www.aacc.edu/careers
                                                                               TERM 3
Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except            BIO 107 Environmental Science
as permitted by law.                                                            OR BIO 108 Ecosystems and the Environment
                                                                                OR BIO 230 Structure and Function of the Human Body . . . . . . .3-4
Entrance Requirements: Students should consult with a paralegal                 LGS 144 Advanced Legal Research and Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
adviser to ensure specific paralegal career goals are met.                      PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology
Degree Requirements: Refer to the general education degree                      OR SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
requirements section on pages 247-252 of this catalog to ensure                 Electives (paralegal studies) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
                                                                                   Paralegal studies electives to be chosen from LGS 138, LGS 165, LGS 170, LGS 171,
that diversity, computing and information technology competency                    LGS 200, LGS 205, LGS 220, LGS 230, LGS 235, LGS 236, LGS 260, LGS 271 and LGS 275.
and general education degree requirements are included in course
                                                                                                                                                 Total credit hours 16-17
selections.
                                                                               TERM 4
Transfer Agreements: Agreements may exist for this program of
                                                                                LGS 112         Law Office Practice and Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer and
                                                                                LGS 171         Tort Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
then click on “Articulations.”
                                                                                LGS 210         Legal Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Related Educational Opportunities: Additional courses, credentials              Elective        (approval of adviser) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4
and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of                  Students may select LGS 135, LGS 136, LGS 156, LGS 217 or LGS 270 as an elective; how-
                                                                                   ever, these courses do not qualify as paralegal studies electives. Students planning to
Continuing and Professional Studies. Visit www.aacc.edu/coned for                  transfer to University of Baltimore should select a biological and physical sciences gener-
more information.                                                                  al education course (one lab science required).
                                                                                 Elective (paralegal studies) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
                                                                                   Paralegal studies electives to be chosen from LGS 138, LGS 165, LGS 170, LGS 171,
                                                                                   LGS 200, LGS 205, LGS 220, LGS 230, LGS 235, LGS 236, LGS 260, LGS 271 and LGS 275.
                                                                                                                                                 Total credit hours 15-16

				
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