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Paralegal/Legal Assistant
2014 - 2015 Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Program Options:

AAS – Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Certificate – Paralegal General

 

Law firms, corporations and governmental agencies hire paralegals/legal assistants to manage an array of legal responsibilities under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney. Paralegals must be proficient in computer skills, legal terminology and legal procedures. The AAS degree in Paralegal / Legal Assistant provides excellent training in these areas and offers opportunities for specialization.

Paralegal Program Goals

Consistent with the core values of the district, the mission of the paralegal studies program is to further the paralegal profession by providing specialized training and education in law and legal procedure that will produce graduates who are prepared to enter the legal workforce with sufficient technology skills and a firm understanding of the ethical responsibilities of the attorney and paralegal.

The goals of the paralegal program are:

  1. The program will reflect a diverse student body.
  2. The program will produce graduates who possess the legal knowledge and technology skills necessary to qualify them for employment in a legal work environment.
  3. The program will produce graduates who demonstrate an understanding of their ethical responsibility in the legal profession.
  4. The program will emphasize written communication skills.
  5. The program will promote opportunities to service the needs of the local community and encourage pro bono and public interest causes.

 

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and Collin Paralegal/Legal Assistant programs entered an articulation agreement effective fall 1999, which establishes a plan for students to obtain an AAS degree from Collin and a Bachelor of Science in Government - Legal Studies Emphasis degree from TWU. Collin College established a similar articulation agreement with Texas A&M University-Commerce, effective Fall 2004, for the Bachelor of Arts/Science in Political Science with Emphasis in Paralegal Studies degree.

Students planning to transfer to a college or university should check with the Collin academic advisor prior to beginning this program to verify course transferability.



AAS Paralegal / Legal Assistant
60 credit hours

 

FIRST YEAR
First Semester

ENGL 1301 Composition I
LGLA 1307 Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions
LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law
MATH
1314 College Algebra1

Second Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution and topics)
LGLA 1303 Legal Research
LGLA 1342 Federal Civil Litigation
LGLA 1351 Contracts

Summer
ENGL 1302 Composition II
LGLA 1305 Legal Writing
LGLA 2311 Business Organizations
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Formal Logic2

 

SECOND YEAR
First Semester

LGLA 1344 Texas Civil Litigation
LGLA 1355 Family Law
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
 (See other Speech Options)
LAW ELECTIVE *

Second Semester
LGLA 1353 Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration
LGLA 2339 Certified Paralegal Exam Review (Capstone) 3
LAW ELECTIVE *
LAW ELECTIVE *

 

1. May substitute MATH-1316, MATH-1324, MATH-1332, MATH-1342, MATH-1350, MATH-1351, or MATH-1414

2. May substitute PHIL-1301, PHIL-2306, or PHIL-2307 (PHIL-2303 is recommended for students planning to take the LSAT.)

3. Successful completion of the AAS Paralegal/Legal Assistant program meets the current eligibility requirements to qualify to take the Certified Paralegal Examination. Students should contact the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) for changes or alternate qualifications to sit for the CP Exam.

* Law Electives (9 credit hours): LGLA-1323, LGLA-1343, LGLA-1380, LGLA-2307, LGLA-2309, LGLA-2313, LGLA-2323, or LGLA-2333

 

 

 

Certificate Paralegal General
36 credit hours

 

First Semester
LGLA 1307 Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions
LGLA 1342 Federal Civil Litigation
LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law
TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE *

Second Semester
LGLA 1303 Legal Research
LGLA 1351 Contracts
LAW ELECTIVE **
LAW ELECTIVE **

Third Semester
LGLA 1305 Legal Writing
LGLA 1344 Texas Civil Litigation
LGLA 2311 Business Organizations
LGLA 2339 Certified Paralegal Exam Review (Capstone) 1

 

1. Students should contact the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) for current exam eligibility requirements.

* Technology Elective (3 credit hours): BCIS-1305, COSC-1301, LGLA-2333, or POFI-2301. If a student is planning further study in a business-related area, the student should take BCIS -1305 rather than COSC-1301.

** Law Electives (6 credit hours): LGLA-1323, LGLA-1343, LGLA-1353, LGLA- 1355, LGLA-1380, LGLA-2307, LGLA-2309, LGLA-2313, LGLA-2323, or LGLA-2333

Note: A course will be counted only once – either as a Technology Elective or as a Law Elective.




Note: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours
for that course.

paralegal at desk

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department Chair:
Cynthia Farris Gruver
PRC - L232
972.881.5747


Academic Advisor:
Laura Matisoff
SCC - G145
972.881.5854