2017-2018 Program Requirements AAPSPL

Paralegal Studies/Pre-Law (AAPSPL)

Associate in Arts Degree


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.


Eastern Michigan University, BS degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: View Articulation Agreements

Contact Information

Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Public Services Careers Dept
Ruth Walsh
Julie N. (Niki) Lee


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First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CJT 130   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 Minimum 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 Minimum 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(s)   Computer and Information Literacy 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum 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   Arts, Media and Entertainment Law 3
PHL 250   Logic 3
Total 15
Total Credits Required


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

**Students are encouraged to 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.