Paralegal Studies A.A.S.

Tom Stanton, Director

This program is approved by the American Bar Association. The Paralegal Studies program prepares students for challenging and diverse careers in private law practices and in the law-related areas of business, industry, and government. The goals of the Paralegal Studies program are to enable students, through theoretical and practical legal education, to understand the function of law, to work as paralegals in the effective delivery of legal services, and to enhance the legal profession. This program is designed to equip students with skills to analyze legal issues and to perform a variety of activities including drafting legal documents, interviewing clients, conducting legal research, and preparing cases for trial. Students utilize current technology through Internet research and legal and general office software applications. Paralegal studies students receive the necessary legal training to take advantage of new career opportunities in all sectors of the economy. Students are exposed to the principles of legal ethics and are cautioned regarding restrictions against the unauthorized practice of law by laypersons. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 65

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

Note: This is a two year/four semester in-step degree. If classes are taken out of sequence, additional semesters are required for graduation. Also note, courses with the LEG prefix (legal specialty) are only offered in the semester indicated. See Program Director for scope and sequence advising. Please refer to online schedule for online course availability.

Summary

Paralegal Studies Required Courses

71

Total Hours

71


Paralegal Studies Required Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

ACTG 101

Accounting Procedures I

4

BMGT 212

Critical Analysis for Business

3

COMX 111A

Introduction to Public Speaking

3

LEG 183

Contracts

2

LEG 184E

Legal Ethics

3

LEG 185

Introduction Paralegal Studies

2

LEG 186

Introduction to Legal Research

2

LEG 187

Leg Res & Wrtg I

2

LEG 188

Prin of Real Estate

2

LEG 189

Criminal Procedures

3

LEG 270

Civil Litigation

3

LEG 272

Computers & Law

2

LEG 282

Contemporary Legal Issues

3

LEG 283

Trial Preparation

3

LEG 285

Family Law

3

LEG 286

Legal Res & Writing II

3

LEG 287

Legal Res. & Writing III

2

LEG 288

Estate Administration

2

LEG 298

Paralegal Studies Internship

2

M 105

Contemporary Mathematics

3

PSCI 210S

Intro to American Government

3

PSYX 100S

Intro to Psychology

3

or BMGT 235

Management

SOCI 101S

Introduction to Sociology

3

WRIT 101

College Writing I

3

Total Hours

65

Minimum Required Grade: C-