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Paralegal Studies/Pre-Law (AAPSPL)

Associate in Arts Degree

Description

This program prepares students for entry-level positions or further study in the field of law. Entry-level paralegal positions are available in legal offices such as corporate, prosecuting and public defense in addition to some courts. Under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals may assist with research, court filings, documentation and depositions. Students who wish to continue their education may continue on to a bachelor's degree or a Juris Doctorate degree.

Contact Information

Division
Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Department
Public Services Careers Dept
Advisors
Ruth Walsh

Requirements

First Semester
Class Title Credits
BOS 211 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
CJT 154 Everyday Law I: Law and Civil Liberties 3
COM 102 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 111 Composition I 4
PHL 123 Critical Thinking 3
Total 16
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
BOS 206 Personal Management Application and Internet Resources 2
CJT 120 Criminal Justice Ethics 3
ENG 226 Composition II 3
MTH 160 Basic Statistics 4
SOC 100 Principles of Sociology 3
Total 15
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
ACC 111 Principles of Accounting I 3
CJT 208 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3
HST 200 Michigan History 3
Elective(s) Natural Sciences * 4
Elective ** 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class Title Credits
BMG 111 Business Law I 3
CJT 155 Everyday Law II: Civil Law, Liabilities and You 3
CJT 209 Criminal Law 3
MUS 147 Entertainment Law 2
PHL 250 Logic 3
Total 14
Total Credits Required
61

Footnotes

*Students wishing to transfer to EMU should follow the articulation guide.

**Students are encouraged to consider ENG 185 as an elective credit or complete the MACRAO or MTA requirement noted below:
Students who wish to complete MACRAO should select another social science course.
Students who wish to complete MTA should select another natural science course.

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