Mar 27, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Paralegal Studies

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Academic Program Inventory Title/s:  

A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies

Technical Certificate (C1) in Paralegal Studies

Concentration in Paralegal Studies within the A.A.S. in Business


CIP codes:                                                               Possible SOC Codes:                              

API CIP code: 14.22.0302.00                                SOC1:23-2000 SOC3:23-2011

                                                                                    SOC2:23-2010 SOC4:23-2099


Program Description:

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals defines a legal assistant or paralegal as “a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”  The Paralegal Studies program is designed to provide a general education and substantive legal courses to prepare students for entry-level paralegal positions working under the supervision of an attorney in the private or public sector.  Paralegal skills emphasized include:  an understanding of basic substantive and procedural law, legal research, legal document preparation, legal ethics, problem solving, case management and effective communication.


Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.


Professional Accrediting Body: American Bar Association (ABA)

State Agency/Entity Oversight: None

Certifications/License or Industry-recognized Certificates: None

Related TCAT Diploma Programs: None

Curriculum: 60 SCH

General Education Requirements: 18-19 SCH

Course 18-19 SCH
ENGL 1010 - English Composition I   3
ENGL 1020 - English Composition II  OR any ABA General Education approved course” 3
Speech elective  3
Math or Natural Science elective  3-4
Social Science elective   3
Humanities/Fine Arts elective 3

    * Required of all LEGL majors and courses must be chosen from the approved TBR list of common General Education core courses.        

List can be found at

Additional Approved Courses

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