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Legal Studies for the Paralegal

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    LEGAL STUDIES FOR THE PARALEGAL?
    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
    Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
  • Overview

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    Associate in Applied Science for Legal Studies for the Paralegal is a 65 credit-hour program and is generally required for an entry-level position as a paralegal. With the right planning, the associate degree is transferable to Maryville University.

    Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies for the Paralegal is a 30-credit-hour study of law courses and is designed for those who already have a college degree, regardless of major. Many candidates of the certificate program are seeking a career change or are currently employed in a law-related field.

    The Legal Studies for the Paralegal program prepares students for careers as paralegals. The paralegal program at Meramec is the oldest degree-granting program in the United States and was established in 1969. Coursework for this program is designed to teach students concepts of real and personal property of business organizations and develop skills in interviewing and counseling clients. After completion of the program, students will not only have a basic knowledge of legal terminology, but will also have gained an understanding of Missouri statues, cases, pretrial and trial procedures. Graduates of the program are widely recognized as excellent employees who are well prepared for their careers.

    Paralegal professionals have a variety of career paths to choose from including paralegals in private law firms, corporations, government agencies, or other businesses. In addition, paralegals can choose between other paralegal-related occupations such as claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, investigators, court clerks, and real estate management.

    Students entering this program must have good reading, writing, and communication skills. Attorneys seek paralegals who are not only knowledgeable about the law, but who are also self-starters who will be capable of completing tasks independently and efficiently. Students must be able to conduct themselves professionally in the workplace.

    Associate in Applied Science for Legal Studies for the Paralegal is a 64 credit-hour program and is generally required for an entry-level position as a paralegal. With the right planning, the Associate Degree is transferable to Webster University or Maryville University.

    Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies for the Paralegal is a 30-credit-hour study of law courses and is designed for those who already have a college degree, regardless of major. Many candidates of the certificate program are seeking a career change or are currently employed in a law-related field.

  • Career Opportunities

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    Job Resources

    • For information on the job outlook in the legal studies: paralegal profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
    • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
    • For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
    Gainful Employment Data (CP)
  • Faculty

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    The program is managed by a full time faculty member who is licensed to practice law in Missouri. Classes are taught by experienced practicing attorneys with expertise in the field in which they teach. Technology-based classes are taught by individuals experienced in the technology in which they are teaching, and paralegals may teach those courses that directly relate to office management or litigation support.

    Barbara E. Wiseheart, J.D., M.Ed.
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 314-984-7376
    Email: bwiseheart@stlcc.edu

  • Program Curriculum

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    Legal Studies for the Paralegal (AAS, CP)

    Associate in Applied Science
    I. Career General Education 33 credits
    ENG:101 College Composition I 3
    ENG:102 College Composition II 3
    HST:100 American Civilization (or)
    HST:101 American History I (or)
    HST:102 American History II 3
    ECO:140 Introduction to Economics (or)
    ECO:151 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
    PSC:101 Introduction to American Politics (or)
    PSC:205 Constitutional Issues 3
    PSY:200 General Psychology (or)
    SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology (or)
    SOC:103 Human Behavior at Work and in Business 3
    BUS:103 Business Mathematics (or)
    Math (100-200 level) 3
    XXX:xxx Science or Math Elective 3
    Select from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry,
    Geology, Geography, Math (100-200
    level), Physical Science, Physics
    BLW:101 Business Law I 3
    Business Elective 6
    II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
    III. Legal Studies for the Paralegal 27 credits
    Required Courses 15 credits
    LGL:104 Introduction to Civil Trial Procedures 3
    LGL:108 Introduction to Law for the Paralegal 3
    LGL:106 Computers and the Law 3
    LGL:217 Legal Research 3
    LGL:218 Legal Writing 3
    Electives 12 credits
    LGL:202 Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration 3
    LGL:205 Law of Real Property and Real Estate Transactions 3
    LGL:206 Business Organization and Government Regulation 3
    LGL:228 Family Law 3
    LGL:211 Torts 3
    LGL:229 Advanced Computer Utilization 3
    LGL:230 Employment Law 3
    LGL:216 Advanced Civil Trial Procedures 3
    LGL:219 Workplace Learning: Paralegal 3
    LGL:233 Bankruptcy 1
    LGL:234 Uniform Commercial Code 1
    LGL:232 Contracts 1
    LGL:220 Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal 1
    LGL:221 Advanced On Line-Database Legal Research 1
    LGL:222 Legal Research on the Internet 1
    LGL:223 Evidence 1
    LGL:107 Alternative Dispute Resolution 1
    LGL:224 Environmental Law 1
    LGL:225 Administrative Law 1
    LGL:226 Law Office Administration 1
    LGL:227 Remedies 1
    IV. Elective 3 credits
    (Business course recommended but not required.)
    Program Total 65 credits
    Certificate of Proficiency
    I. Required Courses 15 credits
    LGL:104 Introduction to Civil Trial Procedures 3
    LGL:108 Introduction to Law for the Paralegal 3
    LGL:106 Computers and the Law 3
    LGL:217 Legal Research 3
    LGL:218 Legal Writing 3
    II. Electives 15 credits
    LGL:202 Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration 3
    LGL:205 Law of Real Property and Real Estate Transactions 3
    LGL:206 Business Organization and Government Regulation .3
    LGL:228 Family Law 3
    LGL:211 Torts 3
    LGL:229 Advanced Computer Utilization 3
    LGL:230 Employment Law 3
    LGL:216 Advanced Civil Trial Procedures 3
    LGL:219 Workforce Learning: Paralegal 3
    LGL:233 Bankruptcy 1
    LGL:234 Uniform Commercial Code 1
    LGL:232 Contracts 1
    LGL:220 Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal 1
    LGL:221 Advanced Online-Database Legal Research 1
    LGL:222 Legal Research on the Internet 1
    LGL:223 Evidence 1
    LGL:107 Alternative Dispute Resolution 1
    LGL:224 Environmental Law 1
    LGL:225 Administrative Law 1
    LGL:226 Law Office Administration 1
    LGL:227 Remedies 1
    Program Total 30 credits
    Recommended Academic Plan (AAS) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
    Recommended Academic Plan (CP) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
  • Resources

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    American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) offers paralegal educational programs and continuing education programs for paralegal professionals.

    St. Louis Association of Legal Assistants (SLALA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of the paralegal profession in St. Louis through continuing education programs, seminars and workshops.

    Missouri Bar Association is an organization in which all lawyers in Missouri belong. Its mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice and the law on behalf of the public. Members have access to specialty resources including continuing education opportunities, publications, access to research systems and management advice.

    Legal Nurse Consultant Program is a combination of college credit and continuing education courses. A non-credit Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate will be awarded to students who complete all components of the program. The primary role of a legal nurse consultant is to evaluate, analyze and render informed opinions about the delivery of healthcare and the resulting outcomes. This program is a collaboration between the Meramec Legal Studies for the Paralegal and the Forest Park Allied Health program.

  • Additional Information

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    Location

     

    The Legal Studies for the Paralegal program is offered at our Florissant Valley and Meramec campuses. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.

     

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