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Paralegal degree program curriculum

An Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree is often considered to be the standard requirement for most entry-level paralegal careers. After all, law firms and legal departments need their staff—even new hires—to get up to speed immediately. That’s why our paralegal degree program curriculum is developed with the input of legal professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance from the first class to the last.

Semester 1

OR110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

Achieve your true potential! This course will help you sharpen existing skills, build on your strengths, and discover the best ways to learn. You will identify your learning styles, learn new behaviors to ensure college success and maximize your learning as you complete your program of study.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

C01 - Introduction to Business  

This course offers a broad overview of the business world for both business and non-business majors. It is an introduction to the business environment, business ownership, management, marketing, technology and information, and finance.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   C12 - Business Law  

This course presents the basic principles of business law as applied to contracts, personal property, sales, negotiable instruments, agency and employment, business organization, insurance and bankruptcy, and real property.
Credit Hours: 3

P01 - Introduction to Paralegalism I  

This is an introduction to the paralegal field, the legal system, and legal analysis. The course explores the scope of paralegal activities in procedural law, criminal law, contracts and business law, torts and property law, wills and estates, and family law.
Credit Hours: 3

P02 - Introduction to Paralegalism II  

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Paralegalism I, providing skills in legal analysis, interviewing, investigation, advocacy, and ethics, and providing an overview of legal research and writing.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in paralegal studies. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, courses within the program discipline, such as Legal Research and Writing, Tort Law, and Law Office Management focus on preparing students for careers within the paralegal field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Paralegal Studies program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and analyze the pertinent concepts and theories of law, ethical issues that arise, and the principles of legal reasoning.
  2. Describe the scope of paralegal activities; legal analysis, interviewing, and investigation; legal research and writing; and the elements of litigation.
  3. Discuss legal forms of business ownership, expenses, time keeping, fee structures, billing, administrative reports, and miscellaneous administrative procedures.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency with the use of legal research tools and techniques.
  5. Demonstrate a foundation of business knowledge related to business ownership, marketing, risk management, and social responsibility.
  6. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speech criticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer applications, and the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with English composition, including the ability to develop essays, and revise and edit one's work.
  9. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing mathematical reasoning and logic as the basis for data analysis, and by applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s bachelor’s degree programs without any additional academic preparation.

Set yourself apart

If you want to stand out from the competition, your online paralegal Associate Degree is a great first step. But it’s not the only step. As an Ashworth College student, you will be able to use our full range of Career Tools, including personalized career guidance, resume writing workshops, and one-on-one interview coaching. You’ll also have exclusive access to The Ashworth EDGE, which focuses on personal brand development and enhancing job searches using the latest online platforms and techniques.

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