Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2017-2018 Catalog Program: Paralegal/Legal Assisting [2018] Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Paralegal/Legal Assisting [2018]

Associate in Science Degree

(64 Credit Hours)

Program Manager

Suzanne Bechtol
941-752-5359 Bradenton
941-408-1300, ext. 65359 Venice

Program Goal

To educate paralegals with an effective balance of legal knowledge and practical skills. To prepare the student for work in the legal profession upon graduation and to sit for the National Legal Assistant Certification Exam. This program is considered to be substantially in compliance with ABA guidelines for paralegal education by the American Association for Paralegal Education.

General Education Courses

Course NameCredit HoursTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENC 1101 - Written Communication I (3 Credit Hours)
  • Mathematics Choose from Area II, A.S. (3 Credit Hours)
  • Social Sciences Choose from Area III, A.S. (3 Credit Hours)
  • Humanities Choose from Area IV, A.S. (3 Credit Hours)
  • Natural Science Choose from Area V, A.S. (3 Credit Hours)
  • Subtotal Credit Hours: 15

    Program Specialization Courses

    Please consult the course description section of the Catalog for any prerequisites. Students should take the PLA courses in sequence if possible.

    Course NameCredit HoursTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    SPC 1608 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication OR (3 Credit Hours)
    SPC 1300 - Interpersonal Communication (3 Credit Hours)


    CGS 1570 - Integrated Business Apps Software (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 1003 - Introduction to Legal Systems (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2001 - General Law (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2800 - Introduction to Family Law (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2763 - Law Office Management (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2303 - Criminal Law and Procedures (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 1104 - Legal Research and Writing I (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2433 - Corporations and Business Organizations (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2600 - Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2732 - Law Office Computer Applications (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 1610 - Real Property Law/Transactions (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2203 - Civil Litigation I (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2223 - Civil Litigation II (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2949 - Internship in Paralegal/Legal Assisting (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 1730 - Computer Assisted Legal Research (1 Credit Hour)

    Electives (3 Credit Hours):

    Choose one from:

    Course NameCredit HoursTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PLA 2114 - Legal Research and Writing II (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2612 - Real Estate II: From Contract to Closing (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 1949 - Career Decision Work Experience in Legal Assisting (3 Credit Hours)
    PLA 2950 - Certified Paralegal Examination Review (3 Credit Hours)
    ACG 2021 - Principles of Financial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)
    APA 1111 - Introduction to Accounting (3 Credit Hours)
    BUL 2131 - Legal Environments of Business (3 Credit Hours)
    GEB 2210 - Business Presentations and Communications (3 Credit Hours)

    Subtotal Credit Hours: 49


    The Legal Assisting Program has a recommended sequence that includes both general and specialized program courses.

    Please see the Paralegal/Legal Assisting Program manager for additional information.

    Articulated credit from a technical college/secondary school may be applicable. Contact Career and Technical Education for more information.

    A related certificate also is offered. See certificate listing.

    Degree Pathway

    Required Courses and recommended Sequence: The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. Developmental courses and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online degree planner for the catalog year that they entered the college, and contact their program manager to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

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