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Paralegal (Online Program)
Associate of Applied Science Degree
(Wisconsin residents will receive an Associate of Science Degree)

Objectives
This program exposes students to fundamental skills utilized in a variety of entry-level paralegal and legal assistant positions and offers a foundation to help students develop knowledge and skills. The program introduces the fundamentals of ethics, legal research and writing, law office technology and specific areas of the law, such as criminal law, family law, wills, trusts and estates, and litigation, among others. Students are exposed to teamwork concepts, technology and multiple approaches to problem solving.

Career Opportunities
This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level paralegal and legal assistant positions.

Admission Requirements
Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

Online Courses
All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional requirements.

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

School Equipment
The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software and Internet service.

Class Size
Classes generally range in size from 15 to 25 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course
Number
Course Credit
Hours
  General Education Courses  
EN1320 Composition I+ 4.5
HU1440 Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture+ 4.5
MA1210 College Mathematics I+ 4.5
PS1350 American Government+ 4.5
SC1130 Survey of the Sciences+ 4.5
Subtotal 22.5
  Core Courses  
LE1430 Fundamentals of Criminal Law+ 4.5
LE2630 Fundamentals of Constitutional Law+ 4.5
PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal+ 4.5
PL1240 Research and Writing for the Paralegal I+ 4.5
PL1250 Law Office Technology+ 4.5
PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation+ 4.5
PL1340 Research and Writing for the Paralegal II+ 4.5
PL1410 Fundamentals of Tort Law+ 4.5
PL2520 Fundamentals of Family Law+ 4.5
PL2525 Fundamentals of Contract Law+ 4.5
PL2799 Paralegal Capstone Project+ 4.5
Subtotal 49.5
  Elective Courses  
Unspecified Elective Core course* 4.5
  General Studies Courses  
GS1140 Problem Solving Theory+ 4.5
GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4.5
GS2520 Professional Communications+ 4.5
Subtotal 13.5
  Program Total 90.0

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

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