Degree Programs - Requirements

Students are encouraged to meet with a Legal Assistant/Paralegal academic advisor each semester to select the appropriate courses.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication COM*H100 Introduction to Communications 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 or higher than MAT*H137 3
Scientific Knowledge♢♢ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning♢♢ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena ECN*H101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Written Communication ENG*102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirements LGL*H101 Introduction to Paralegalism 3
LGL*H104 Real Estate Practice 3
LGL*H102 Legal Research & Writing 3
LGL*H208 Litigation 3
LGL*H209 Probate Practice 3
Legal Electives 9
Business Elective†† 3
Total Credits: 61-62

Notes:

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

Choose 3 of the following:

LGL*H210 Family Law

LGL*H204 Criminal Procedure

LGL*H230 Advanced Legal Issues Seminar

LGL*H206 Bankruptcy Law

BBG*H232 Business Law II

††Choose 1 course from the following disciplines:

Management, Finance, Accounting, Computer Science, marketing, Economics

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

♢♢At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Degree Programs - Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Interview client(s) and condense fact patterns into a concise legal analysis.
  2. Explain the structure of the State and Federal Court system, including Trial Court function(s) and Appellate Court functions.
  3. Identify historical, sociological and political trends that have changed, and continue to change, the American legal system.
  4. Explain the role of forensic science in evidentiary matters pertaining to civil and criminal litigation.
  5. Research a particular fact pattern to identify all legal issues, and describe the competing arguments that can be advanced by parties to a controversy.
  6. Explain the role of the judiciary in providing a balance to the legislative and executive functions of government.
  7. Differentiate between liability issues and damage issues in legal controversies.
  8. Identify inherent restrictions in the civil and criminal legal process that inhibit the ability of the legal system to function as a tool of social justice.
  9. Identify and present a logical plan for a client, taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of adopting various legal positions.
  10. Maintain organized financial data concerning a client’s case file.
  11. Foster good relations between the law firm, department, or public entity, and the clients served.
  12. Demonstrate organization in handling multiple client case files, and maintain strict docket control for timely case file review.
  13. Understand conflict resolution as viewed from the theoretical perspective and the pragmatic perspective.
  14. Apply common law principles and statutory principles where appropriate.
  15. Recognize fundamental tort and contract principles that are found in different areas of the law.

Certificate Program - Requirements

Eight courses are required for completion of the Legal Studies/Paralegal Certificate Program. The certificate will be awarded on completion of the following courses:

Course No. Title Credits
LGL*H101 Introduction to Paralegalism 3
LGL*H102 Legal Research and Writing 3
LGL*H104 Real Estate Practice 3
LGL*H202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3
LGL*H209 Probate Practice & Estate Administration 3
LGL*H208 Litigation 3
     
Choose two of the following:
LGL*H270 Cooperative Education Work Experience 3
LGL*H210 Family Law 3
LGL*H204 Criminal Procedure 3
LGL*H230 Advanced Legal Issues Seminar 3
LGL*H206 Bankruptcy Law 3
  Total Credit Hours 24

Certificate Program - Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Interview client(s) and condense fact patterns into a concise legal analysis.
  • Explain the structure of the State and Federal Court system, including Trial Court function(s) and Appellate Court functions.
  • Identify historical, sociological and political trends that have changed, and continue to change, the American legal system.
  • Explain the role of forensic science in evidentiary matters pertaining to civil and criminal litigation.
  • Research a particular fact pattern to identify all legal issues, and describe the competing arguments that can be advanced by parties to a controversy.
  • Explain the role of the judiciary in providing a balance to the legislative and executive functions of government.
  • Differentiate between liability issues and damage issues in legal controversies.
  • Identify inherent restrictions in the civil and criminal legal process that inhibit the ability of the legal system to function as a tool of social justice.
  • Identify and present a logical plan for a client taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of adopting various legal positions.
  • Maintain organized financial data concerning a client’s case file.
  • Foster good relations between the law firm, department, or public entity and the clients served.
  • Demonstrate organization in handling multiple client case files and maintain strict docket control for timely case file review.
  • Understand conflict resolution as viewed from the theoretical perspective and the pragmatic perspective.
  • Apply common law principles and statutory principles where appropriate.
  • Recognize fundamental tort and contract principles that are found in different areas of the law.