Associate in Science Degree
The Associate of Science degree program in Paralegal prepares students to meet
the growing demand for degreed paralegals in both the public and private sectors. A paralegal is a person qualified by education or work experience who assists lawyers in rendering legal services and performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. This academically rigorous program is designed to
provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the judicial system, relative bodies of law, legal research, briefs, pleadings, and related official documents. This program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and this approval process requires that ten (10) hours of legal specialty courses are taken in a traditional (face-to- face) format.
The Central Penn Paralegal program is known for its academic rigor and enjoys a reputation of excellence within the legal community. With all substantive legal courses being taught by licensed attorneys, graduates of this program study law from those who are most academically and experientially qualified. Students matriculated in Central Penn’s Paralegal program participate in field trips, mock trials, interactive discussions with guest lecturers, special projects, and a 360 hour internship prior to graduation.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Use the resources of a law library and online information sources to solve legal research problems and draft memoranda, briefs, and pleadings using proper legal format, grammar, and spelling.
- Operate and maintain computer equipment and systems found in a law office.
- Demonstrate knowledge of legal terminology, principles, and procedures, and possess the skills necessary to apply that knowledge to fact patterns in a logical and coherent manner.
- Comply with the ethical guidelines required of paralegals.
- Use communication skills appropriate to the legal setting that demonstrate a firm knowledge of the mechanics of written and oral language.
- Prepare a case for trial from filing the initial lawsuit through and including preparing oral arguments, client and witness testimony, and appellate documents.
- Use the Internet to gather factual and legal information.
- Relate a knowledge of professional behavior necessary to carrying out the tasks of a paralegal under the supervision of a lawyer.
In addition to the 36 credits of general education and elective requirements, students are required to take a core group of courses associated with their major to total 76 credits. NOTE: LGS180, LGS220, and LGS310 are suggested prerequisite knowledge for this program of study.
Paralegal Core Courses – 40 credits
- LGS110 Foundations in Law
- LGS130 Principles of Legal Research LGS135 Legal Research and Writing I LGS140 Civil Litigation I
- LGS170 Criminal Procedure
- LGS200 Contracts
- LGS210 Evidence
- LGS230 Civil Litigation II
- LGS260 Administrative Law
- LGS265 Criminal Law
- LGS280 Legal Research and Writing II LGS285 Legal Seminar
- LGS299 Internship for Paralegals STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar