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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal/Legal Assisting [2018 / 2518]


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Associate in Science Degree

(64 Credit Hours)

Program Manager

Suzanne Bechtol
941-752-5359 Bradenton
941-408-1300, ext. 65359 Venice
bechtos@scf.edu

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.

Program Entrance Requirements

To be admitted to the Legal Assisting Program, a student must have:

  1. A standard high school diploma.
  2. Achieved a level of mathematics proficiency which qualifies the student for entry into +MAC 1105  or higher, as demonstrated by the standard placement criteria currently in use at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF);
  3. Achieved a level of English and reading proficiency which qualifies the student for entry into ENC 1101  or higher, as demonstrated by the standard placement criteria currently in use at SCF; and
  4. Successfully completed Introduction to Legal Systems (PLA 1003) with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. The successful completion of Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Microsoft Word 2007 or higher version.

General Academic Courses


Students may take these courses at any time during their program of study.

Total Credit Hours: 21


Program Core Courses**


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

Note(s):


The Legal Assisting Program has a recommended sequence Total 43 that includes both general and specialized program courses.

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

** A grade of “C” or better must be attained for each core course and the courses meeting the general education requirements for this degree.

+ Students may elect to earn an SCF A.A.S. degree if they complete MAT 1033  or QMB 1001  in place of the A.S. degree program’s minimum mathematics requirement [2518]. Note: The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree currently is being reviewed at the state level with the probability that it will no longer be available effective Fall 2013.

Articulated credit from a technical institute/secondary school may be applicable. Contact the SCF director of career and technical education for more information.

A related certificate also is offered. See certificate  listing.

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