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Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Program Description

The Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education whose focus is to train paralegals for private and public placement. It is not a pre-law program intended for those students who plan to enroll in law school after they have completed a baccalaureate program. Students who are planning to eventually enter law school should obtain a four-year degree as soon as possible.

The Legal Assistant/Paralegal curriculum prepares qualified people to handle, in a professional manner, many of the complex tasks involved in rendering skilled assistance to lawyers. Legal Assistants are prepared to do specialized work for banks, insurance companies, real estate firms, corporate offices, and public and semi-public agencies. The Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program offers a new career opportunity in a rapidly expanding field for people who have had no previous experience with legal work. For people already employed in legal work, the program will upgrade their skills. The topic of ethics and the paralegal's role in the legal profession are emphasized throughout the courses in the program.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 54-57. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required. Students are encouraged to meet with a Legal Assistant/Paralegal academic advisor each semester to select the appropriate courses.

Program Requirements

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 BBG*H232 Business Law II 3
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 Electives1 9
Business Elective2 3

Total Credits: 61-62

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

1Choose 3 of the following:
LGL*H210 Family Law
LGL*H204 Criminal Procedure
LGL*H230 Advanced Legal Issues Seminar
LGL*H206 Bankruptcy Law

2Choose 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.


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.

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