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Paralegal

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Business
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-110-1 


For Information:
414-297-MATC

Overview — The Paralegal associate degree program is approved by the American Bar Association. This program prepares students for employment as a paralegal in the legal community, in government offices or agencies, or in business and industry. Courses are available days and evenings, and selected courses are available online. Students must earn at least 10 Legal Specialty credits (i.e., PLEGAL courses) via face-to-face instruction. Important to your success is the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. You should be well-groomed; typing skills and computer literacy are helpful.


Coursework revolves around basic legal courses designed to provide you with a broad background. The program additionally allows for options of legal specialization. Instruction concentrates on practical, rather than theoretical, aspects of law. Students receiving this degree are required to work under the supervision of an attorney to avoid the unauthorized practice of law.

For more information from the American Bar Association, see www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals/directory/wi.html

 

Career Outlook — Although this is a growing profession, competition in the job market is keen. The use of paralegals permits more efficient and cost-effective use of an attorney's time, and typical job duties include conducting client interviews, obtaining case information, performing legal research, preparing and filing legal documents and court papers, and providing general assistance to attorneys. Positions are also available in governmental agencies, legal departments of banks and other private organizations and companies.

 

Added Career Value — You can earn the Paralegal Studies technical diploma on the way to completing this degree.


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect graduates to:

  • Apply ethical principles in a legal environment
  • Process legal documents
  • Perform legal research
  • Apply critical thinking skills to address legal issues
  • Demonstrate professionalism in a legal environment

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Related Programs:
Paralegal Studies (diploma program)
Business Management
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement


Start Date: August 

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

TECHNICAL STUDIES

 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

BADM-165

Legal Environment of Business

3

 

(1)


COMPSW-106

Introduction to MS Office

3


(1)


OFTECH-103

Keyboard and Keypad

1


(1)

 

PLEGAL-101

Introduction to Paralegalism ^

3

 

(2)


ACCTG-110

Financial Accounting

3


(2)

 

PLEGAL-103

Legal Research ‡ ^

3

 

(2)

 

PLEGAL-105

Civil Procedure ‡ ^

3

 

           
(2)   Select ONE course from:  

3

 
    PLEGAL-116 Real Estate Law and Practice ‡    
    PLEGAL 118 Criminal Practice ‡    
    PLEGAL 127 Debtor-Creditor Law  ‡    
    PLEGAL 140 Legal Interviewing/Investigation ‡    
           

(3)

 

PLEGAL-107

Legal Writing ‡ ^

3

 

(3)

 

PLEGAL-111

Litigation Practice Systems ‡ ^

3

 

(3)

 

PLEGAL-121

Domestic Relations and Divorce Practice Systems ‡

3

 

           
(3)   Select ONE course from:  

3

 
    PLEGAL-114 Trusts and Estates - Probate Systems ‡ *    
    PLEGAL-116 Real Estate Law and Practice ‡ *    
    PLEGAL-118 Criminal Practice ‡ *    
    PLEGAL-127 Debtor-Creditor Law  ‡    
    PLEGAL-140 Legal Interviewing/Investigation ‡    






(4)         Select THREE courses from the following:

   
    9



PLEGAL-114

Trusts and Estates - Probate Systems ‡ *

 




PLEGAL-116

Real Estate Law and Practice ‡ *

 




PLEGAL-118

Criminal Practice ‡ *

 




PLEGAL-123

Corporate Practice Systems ‡

 


 

 

PLEGAL-127

Debtor-Creditor Law  ‡

 

 

    PLEGAL-140 Legal Interviewing/Investigation ‡  

 

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 

 

 


(or) Any 200-series ECON course

 

 


 


ENG-151 and


Communication Skills 1 ‡ ^


3

 


 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 


(or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 




MATH-123


Math with Business Applications ‡


3





(or) Any 200-series MATH course






NATSCI-167


Science of Technology


3





(or) Any 200-series NATSCI course




 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3

 

 

 


(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 


 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society


3

 

 

 


(or) Any 200-series SOCSCI or HIST course

 

 

 

 



 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 64

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the Paralegal Studies technical diploma.

* Any one of these three courses is required for the Paralegal Studies technical diploma.


Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.  

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with the GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Page updated October 2014.