Legal Studies C.A.S.

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.

Certificate of Applied Science - Legal Studies

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 33

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2021-22

Summary

Required Courses

23

Directed Electives

10

Total Hours

33


Required Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

COMX 111A

Introduction to Public Speaking

3

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 298

Paralegal Studies Internship

2

M 115

Probability and Linear Math

3

PSCI 210S

Intro to American Government

3

WRIT 101

College Writing I

3

Total Hours

23

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Directed Electives

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 10 credits of the following courses:

10

LEG 183

Contracts

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

Total Hours

10

Minimum Required Grade: C-