Paralegal Studies, AAS

The purpose of the Paralegal Studies Program is to provide students with the skills necessary to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals and other non-lawyers are prohibited from practicing law.

The associate degree is designed mainly for students who have not attended college before or those who have a limited amount of previous college credit. All of the paralegal courses in the certificate program are included in the associate degree.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum22
English Composition I
English Composition II
Intro to Mathematical Modeling (or higher 1000-level MATH course)
Critical Thinking
Presentational Speaking
Choose one course from Area C of the Core Curriculum.
American Government
Survey of US History to 1877
US HIST Since Reconstruction
Lower Division Major Requirements 27
PARA 1101Introduction to Law & Ethics 13
PARA 2203Civil Litigation3
PARA 2205Legal Research and Writing3
PARA 2207Criminal Litigation3
PARA 2209Business Organization3
PARA 2211Computers in the Law3
PARA 2213Real Estate Law3
PARA 2225Family Law3
PARA 2235Law Office Skills3
Choose four courses from the following:12
Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Rel
Occupational Internship
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Law
Administrative Law
Employment Law
Total Credit Hours61

Residency Requirements for the AAS in Paralegal Studies 

Students must take at least 7 classes (21 credit hours) at Clayton State in order to fulfill the residency requirements for the AAS. in Paralegal Studies. At least 4 of the 7 classes (12 credit hours) must be PARA classes.