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2016-2017 Catalog


Code: F_AAS_PAR

Campus: Larimer Campus, Westminster Campus, and Online Learning

Paralegal/Legal Assistant - Associate of Applied Science Degree

This degree is designed for individuals who are seeking a career in the legal profession as a legal assistant/paralegal. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and their work includes preparing legal documents, researching and compiling information, and communicating with clients. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law under any circumstances. Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as computer literacy skills, are important to the paralegal. This program allows for technical training in the paralegal field and to work effectively with computers and legal research.

Courses in this program are offered online and in the classroom. Classroom courses are offered at both the Westminster and Larimer campuses. Classes are offered Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students must be computer literate and knowledgeable about the internet.

In addition, the program provides the opportunity for students and current paralegals who wish to upgrade existing job skills or those who are seeking a career change.

Requirements

Assessment testing is required for all students. Students who place into ENG 121 or above and MAT 050 or above may begin this program of study. Students scoring below this level should consult with a Faculty Member before registering for courses in this program of study.

All courses in the degree and certificates must be completed with a “C” or better to graduate.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
PAR 115Introduction to Law

3

PAR 116Torts

3

PAR 118Contracts

3

PAR 125Property Law

3

PAR 127Legal Ethics

3

PAR 201Civil Litigation

3

PAR 206Business Organizations

3

PAR 211Legal Research

3

PAR 212Legal Writing

3

PAR 219E-Discovery and Litigation Technology

3

PAR 289Capstone

3

Total Credit Hours:33

Required Courses Electives

Select any three PAR courses (9 credits) not listed above and found in this catalog.  Available courses are listed below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
PAR 117Family Law

3

PAR 126Administrative Law

3

PAR 202Evidence

3

PAR 205Criminal Law

3

PAR 208Probate and Estates

3

PAR 209Constitutional Law

3

PAR 215Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

PAR 216Employment Law

3

PAR 217Environmental Law

3

PAR 218Bankruptcy Law

3

PAR 227Immigration Law

3

PAR 228Intellectual Property

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Required General Education Courses

Communication

Select one course (3 credits) from below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 115Public Speaking

3

COM 125Interpersonal Communication

3

COM 220Intercultural Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:3

English

Select two courses (6 credits) from below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I

3

ENG 122English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 107Career Mathematics

3

or higher

Total Credit Hours:3

Note: MAT 107 students desiring professional advancement in this field through transfer should consider taking a gtPathway Mathematics course (MA-1) to satisfy general education requirements in mathematics for intended transferring institutions.  

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
POS 111American Government

3

Total Credit Hours:3

gtPathway Elective

Select one course (3 credits) of gtPathway coursework.

Total Credit Hours:3

Note: Students desiring professional advancement in this field through transfer should consider taking gtPathway coursework in the following areas: Arts & Humanities (GT-AH); Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS2 or GT-SS3); History (GT-HI1) or Natural & Physical Sciences (GT-SC1 or GT-SC2).

Required General Education Courses

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 60

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