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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies, AAS


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Purpose

The Paralegal Studies Degree is designed to prepare individuals to work in a legal office environment. The program provides training in the general processes of American law and the knowledge/skills to perform specific legal tasks under the supervision of an attorney. In addition, the program helps prepare individuals for paralegal certification exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills through interaction, in person, by telephone, in written and electronic correspondence, with lawyers, clients, witnesses, court personnel, co-workers, and other business professionals, using appropriate legal terminology and formatting.
  2. Perform basic legal research and analysis necessary to identify legal issues and potential solutions to legal problems.
  3. Utilize strong organizational skills necessary to sort through and manage information, manually and electronically.
  4. Apply principles of writing and rules of English grammar to all writing tasks, to be able to prepare legal documents commonly used in the profession.
  5. Demonstrate competent understanding of computer literacy and proficiency required in the typical law office.
  6. Apply ethical and professional principles that guide paralegal conduct, including but not limited to: unauthorized practice of law and lawyer supervision of non-lawyers; confidentiality and attorney-client privilege; conflicts of interests; competency; handling of client funds; office decorum and dress.
  7. Integrate appropriate skills to work effectively and positively with others beginning on the first day of a new job.

Employment Opportunities

Students will have opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of specialized duties with competence and understanding. The Paralegal Studies Degree will help prepare students for a wide range of entry-level positions as a paraprofessional in the legal field with opportunities in law firms, mortgage companies, banks, title insurance companies, private corporations, and government and administrative agencies.

Program Requirements

An academic advisor will review your preparation in Mathematics and English with you. You’ll be guided to appropriate preliminary coursework to give you the greatest chance of success in this program.

For Further Information, Contact:

Beth Snodgrass
bsnodgrass@mecc.edu
276.523.9059

Wes Mullins, Assistant Dean
jmullins@mecc.edu
276.523.9017

Program of Study


First Year Spring


Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Word Core Exam upon Completion Of AST 141


Eligible for Legal Office Assisting Certificate (261)


Second Year Spring


Eligible for Career Readiness Certifications While Enrolled In LGL 290


Total Program Credits: 69


Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

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