Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree –
Option in Legal Studies
For more information: Contact Prof. Weston A. Park,
443-412-2434, email@example.com, or Advising, Career, and
Transfer Services, 443-412-2301.
|No. of credits required: |
A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by
education, training, or work experience who is employed or
retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental
agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated
substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. ABA
Guideline G-103(d). Paralegals may not provide legal services
directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
The objective of the Paralegal Studies Option of the Legal
Studies Program is to educate and train laypersons to assist
attorneys and other legal professionals in their daily tasks and
thereby contribute to the fair, economical and efficient
delivery of legal services. The program meets this objective by
requiring students to successfully complete its curriculum.
The Paralegal Studies Program is also designed for practicing
paralegals who desire to advance their education. The
program is approved by the American Bar Association.
Upon completion of the AAS or Certificate in Paralegal Studies, students will be able to:
- Apply paralegal skills to assist attorneys and other legal professionals in their daily professional tasks.
- Decide ethical questions consistent with legal ethics.
- Employ writing and verbal skills that enable them to perform successfully in the legal profession.
- Obtain employment as a paralegal.
Students interested in transfer should consult an academic
advisor early in their studies and before selecting elective
Upon completion of the program, opportunities for employment include law firms, legal departments of banks and other corporations as well as government agencies.
The demand for paralegals is growing on the national, state,
and local levels. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of
Labor Statistics predicts a much faster than average rate of
growth for paralegal employment through 2018. In Harford
County, rapid population growth has brought about a related
need for legal services. The employment outlook for graduates
of this program in Harford County and the surrounding area
Recommended Course Sequence
* PL 110 is generally offered in the fall semester,
in the evening.
** MATH 102 (Contemporary Mathematics) is
*** PL 248 and PL 273 require students to spend approximately
135 hours in law office settings during normal business
**** Students should contact Advising, Career and Transfer services for permission to register for Cooperative Education courses, 443-412-2301.
Permission of the Paralegal Program Coordinator is required
to transfer more than 8 credit hours of required paralegal
courses into the program. A maximum of 15 transfer credits
will be allowed for all paralegal courses (required and