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1 PARALEGAL STUDIES DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS For more information contact: Karen Cook, J.D. Dean, School of Business and Law Acting Director, Legal Studies Institute or Beth Surgenor Paralegal/Office Manager Visit our website at

2 NOTE: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Notice of Nondiscrimination: AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations. Requests for sign language interpreters, alternative format books or assistive technology require 30 days notice. For information on AACC s compliance and complaints concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment, contact the federal compliance officer and Title IX coordinator at , or Maryland Relay 711.

3 Dear Prospective Paralegal Student: Welcome to the Paralegal Studies Program in the Legal Studies Institute at Anne Arundel Community College...this program is your gateway to an exciting legal career! We are excited that you are considering enrolling in our program. At the outset, please note that our program is one of only four colleges or universities in the State of Maryland that has acquired the prestigious American Bar Association (ABA) approval for both the Paralegal Studies Degree and Certificate programs. This ABA-approval designation is becoming increasingly important to students and employers, and it is an impressive credential to include on your resume. The Paralegal Studies Program strives to produce the best prepared and trained paralegals in the nation. To accomplish this goal and address individual interests and career objectives, our Paralegal Studies Program offers students the option of concentrating their studies in the areas of Litigation, Business, or General Practice. All three options are available for students in the Degree and Certificate programs. For Certificate students, a Nurse Paralegal concentration is also available. In addition, there is an accelerated Certificate Cohort option that allows full-time students the advantage of completing the program in just two semesters! Our Paralegal Studies Program prepares students for legal employment by emphasizing both an understanding of substantive law and practical skills. Attorneys and judges teach the majority of legal studies courses, and a few select courses are taught by experience paralegals. To accommodate the various needs of our students, legal studies courses are offered in traditional classroom formats during weekdays, evenings, and some weekends. Some legal studies courses are offered online, in a hybrid format (part online and part traditional classroom) and as accelerated courses. If, after reviewing this information, you have additional questions regarding the program and/or career opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact me at or Beth Surgenor, Paralegal/Office Manager, at We look forward to helping you achieve your goals by providing you with an excellent education as well as career guidance, internships, and job opportunities. Sincerely, Karen Cook, J.D. Dean, School of Business and Law Acting Director, Legal Studies Institute

4 VISION The Legal Studies Institute at Anne Arundel Community College is recognized as a leading provider of legal education programs and training vital to students, legal professionals and the community as well as to the growth and vitality of legal services in the region. MISSION The Legal Studies Institute at Anne Arundel Community College provides American Bar Association-approved educational programs for future paralegals; high-quality educational programs for future lawyers; continuing legal education for attorneys, paralegals and other legal professionals; partnerships with the judiciary, government and legal entities; and affordable community education programs to meet the legal education, training and information needs in the region.

5 PARALEGAL STUDIES BROCHURE TABLE OF CONTENTS Topic Page Paralegal Studies Programs... 1 Approved by the American Bar Association Courses required for a degree Courses required for a certificate Paralegal Studies Accelerated Certificate Option Legal Studies Course Descriptions Occupational Outlook Handbook, Edition Paralegal Eagles Stepping Stone to a Law Career, Article from the Baltimore Sun

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7 PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAMS Approved by the American Bar Association The Paralegal Studies Program, an important component of the Legal Studies Institute at Anne Arundel Community College, is designed for students interested in preparing for a challenging and fulfilling career in the legal field. Students who are highly motivated to work both independently and as members of a team will succeed in the paralegal profession, as a paralegal, victim s advocate, law office manager, real estate settlement officer, insurance adjuster, court administrator or, with continued education, a lawyer. Strong communications skills, especially written communication skills, along with logical reasoning ability are the foundation of legal education and work. PROGRAM HISTORY The Paralegal Studies Program was established in 1980 and has grown enormously in the number of students enrolled. In 1993, it became the third Maryland college program to secure American Bar Association (ABA) approval. The program is statewide designated, so out-of-county students may receive in-county tuition. Notably, in 1990, the Paralegal Studies Program received a Distinguished Program Award from the Maryland State Department of Education. The Paralegal Studies Program is part of the Legal Studies Institute, which falls under AACC s School of Business and Law. The Paralegal Studies Program awards an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate. Students who have already earned a bachelor s or associate s degree meet the requirements to enter the Paralegal Certificate Program. Within the degree and certificate programs, students may concentrate their legal studies in Litigation, Business or General Practice. PROGRAM MISSION AND GOALS/OBJECTIVES Program Mission The mission of the Paralegal Studies Program is to prepare students for employment in the paralegal field at the entry level or, for those already so employed, to meet requirements for promotion and additional career responsibility, and to prepare students to transfer effectively to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a degree in paralegal studies or jurisprudence or other law-related fields. 1

8 PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Goal #1 Objectives: Students will become critical thinkers 1. Conduct proactive problem solving 2. Identify legal and factual issues 3. Demonstrate understanding of legal research methodology 4. Demonstrate sufficient attention to details 5. Actively listen to supervising attorney, clients, witnesses, and coworkers Goal #2 Objectives: Goal #3 Objectives: Goal #4 Objectives: Students will become effective communicators 1. Demonstrate mastery of English language 2. Demonstrate mastery of legal terminology 3. Demonstrate professional writing skills 4. Demonstrate oral communication skills 5. Demonstrate visual communication skills 6. Conduct effective client interviews 7. Comprehend written materials and information Students will become competent legal professionals 1. Explain basic concepts of substantive and procedural law, including operation of the legal system and the theory of law 2. Employ legal terminology in the legal environment 3. Understand the operation and management of a law office 4. Manage multiple projects at one time 5. Demonstrate self-discipline and ability to work independently 6. Demonstrate good organizational skills 7. Establish and maintain professional relationships Students will become ethical legal professionals 1. Identify the unauthorized practice of law and understand how to avoid it. 2. Demonstrate the elements of competency, including knowledge, thoroughness, diligence, communication, and attention to detail 3. Differentiate between the duty of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege and understand how to minimize the unintentional disclosure of information 4. Identify impermissible conflicts of interest and appropriate screens to overcome them 5. Describe appropriate means to secure clients property and understand improper fee-sharing arrangements 6. Appreciate special issues involved in advocacy and litigation, including solicitation of clients 2

9 PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS The Paralegal Studies Program offers the following educational credentials to students: Associate of Applied Science Degree (ABA approved) 60-credit program for students with no prior educational experience Three options are available within the degree program: Litigation (civil and criminal trial work) Business (corporate law and business transactions) General Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies (ABA approved) 31-credit program Only students who already hold an associate s or bachelor s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and whose coursework included at least 18 credit hours of general study including English, may enroll. Individuals seeking a Nurse Paralegal Certificate must hold the same educational credential, but their prior degree must be in nursing. Four options are available in the certificate program: Litigation (civil and criminal trial work) Business (corporate law and business transactions) General Practice Nurse Paralegal Accelerated Program Transfer Policy For students seeking to transfer credits received at another institution into the Paralegal Studies Program, please be advised of the program s transfer policy stated below: The college s transcript evaluator determines if the course taken is from a regionally accredited college or university and if a grade of C or better was achieved. The LSI director determines if the course was taken through an ABA approved program and whether the course is a legal specialty course. The course description and/or syllabus is reviewed against LSI s course description and/or syllabus and a determination is made whether the course is similar enough for acceptance by LSI. No transfers will be accepted for LGS 111, Introduction to Paralegal Studies. A student may transfer in up to three (3) legal specialty courses. The following legal specialty courses should have reviewed Maryland law to be eligible for transfer: Civil Procedure, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Trusts & Estates, and Legal Ethics. 3

10 STATISTICS The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (see herein) projects that the employment of paralegals and legal assistants will grow 17% between 2012 and Competition for paralegal/legal assistant jobs will continue as many more people seek entry into this field. Therefore, experienced, formally trained paralegals have the best employment opportunities. In Maryland, this occupation is projected to employ 240,000 persons in the legal industry by Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done exclusively by attorneys. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, and attorneys are realizing how to utilize paralegals more effectively, thereby, making them more useful in the practice of law. Private law firms employ 7 out of 10 paralegals; most of the remainder of work is for corporate legal departments and various levels of government. Within the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice is the largest employer of paralegals, followed by the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. A small number of paralegals own their own businesses and work as freelance paralegals under the supervision and direction of client attorneys. The demand for paralegals is expected to grow as an expanding population requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, health care, international law, immigration law, and criminal law. Private firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms, and banks also hire paralegals. Not only do our Paralegal Studies graduates have the benefit of great demand in the labor market, they also have the benefit of receiving a degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved program. Frequently, governmental and private sector employers will require a degree from an ABA-approved program as a condition to employment. The ABA sets forth rigid guidelines regarding degree and certificate requirements, course content, instructor qualifications, and library resources. COURSES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS Consistent with ABA guidelines, our Paralegal Studies Degree and Certificate curricula emphasize both substantive knowledge of the law and practical skills. Core courses in both the degree and certificate programs provide a comprehensive sequence of legal study. Core courses may include the following: (Please see pages herein for specific requirements.) 4 Introduction to Paralegal Studies Business Law 1 and 2 Tort Law Criminal Law

11 Criminal Evidence and Procedure Civil Procedure Legal Ethics Domestic Relations Law Office Practice & Technology Legal Research and Writing 1 Electronic Legal Research Legal Research and Writing 2 Exciting elective courses can include: Mediation and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution International Law Real Estate Law Cyber Law Administrative Law Trusts and Estates Intellectual Property Health Care Law Construction Law Instructors routinely incorporate practical assignments into all courses so students are ready for the challenging and rigorous workload they will encounter in the legal field. Practical assignments include various aspects of the following: Client interviewing Investigation Manual and computer-assisted research using Westlaw and Lexis Drafting pleadings, motions and legal memoranda, interrogatories, notices to take deposition, requests for production of documents, appellate briefs, correspondence, case briefs Mock trials Oral arguments E-Discovery and E-Filing Legal research and writing Docket and file management Practical assignments and testing requires students to think critically and analytically, to identify legal and factual issues, and to analyze the same. 5

12 FACULTY Hard-working, dedicated, professional, and experienced faculty play a key role in the success of our program and students. Six full-time professors, two special term faculty, and approximately 20 adjunct professors staff the Paralegal Studies Program. These attorneys and judges bring practical knowledge and experience to the classroom. A few select courses are taught by experienced paralegals. ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Paralegal Studies Program is supported by an Advisory Committee composed of judges, lawyers, paralegals, business executives, and court administrators. The Advisory Committee meets twice yearly to evaluate the program and make suggestions that help to enrich student learning and optimally prepare paralegals for today s legal workforce. PROGRAM RESOURCES State-of-the-Art Facilities The Legal Studies Institute and the Paralegal Studies Program occupies space in the newly renovated Careers Building on the Arnold campus. A suite of administrative offices, faculty space, law library, smart classrooms, and meeting space provide students, faculty and staff with an exceptional learning and working environment. Courses are also taught at several other campus locations, including the Maryland State Law Library, Arundel Mills campus, Glen Burnie Town Center campus, and Fort Meade. J. Lynne Wood Law Library and Truxal Library Paralegal Studies students are fortunate to have on-site at the Arnold campus two areas in which to do research: The J. Lynne Wood Law Library in the Careers Building and the college s main Truxal Library. The J. Lynne Wood Law Library contains Maryland legal resource materials, including the Maryland Reporter, Maryland Appellate Reports, Maryland Annotated Code, Maryland Digest, Maryland Law Encyclopedia, and Maryland Rules. In addition, there are many other secondary sources, including textbooks, periodicals, magazines, etc. There are seven (7) computer work stations, a printer, and a copier for student use. The Job Board and Paralegal/ Legal Studies Club bulletin board are housed in this facility. In addition to this resource, students have access to AACC s acclaimed Truxal Library, which houses additional legal resources. 6

13 Other Nearby Legal and Government Resources Not only do our Paralegal Studies students have the benefit of two legal resource collections on the Arnold campus and instruction by practicing attorneys, judges, and paralegals who are experts in their subject matter areas, students also have rich resources in legal and government centers located in Annapolis, within close proximity to Anne Arundel Community College. Students have access to the Maryland State Law Library (where Legal Research and Writing is taught), the Maryland Archives, and the Maryland General Assembly (the State s legislative body). Students have toured Maryland s courts and attended arguments and trials before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, and the District Court for Anne Arundel County. The heart of the United States government, Washington, D.C., is just one-half hour away. Paralegal students have attended oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court and toured the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters. Legal Software In the course, Law Office Practice and Technology, students have access to and learn to operate new and current software used in legal offices. Gaining knowledge and skill in these applications makes students more marketable and competent in tackling their first internship, course assignment, or actual job. Billing and case management software are taught, the Maryland Electronic Filing System (MDEC), WestlawNext, and Lexis Advance, and Microsoft Office Suite, which includes Excel. Internship Program Many Paralegal Studies students participate in the Internship course where they are placed with regional law firms; county offices such as the State s Attorney s Office, the Public Defender s Office, the Circuit Court; private law offices; and governmental agencies. Students are evaluated on their work and earn three credits toward their degree or certificate. Students are encouraged to enroll in the Internship course in the last semester prior to graduation as the internship experience can lead to salaried employment or provides the necessary experience to gain employment immediately after graduation. Students do not have to find their own internship placement and may take the Internship course twice for credit. Paralegal / Legal Studies Club Students enrolled in the Legal Studies Institute s Paralegal Studies Program or Law & Jurisprudence Program are eligible to join this student club. This is an active club, run by students with a faculty advisor, that hosts guest speakers; travels to national and state conferences; attends local legal dinners and events; takes trips to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Maryland Court of Appeals, Federal Courts, U.S. Supreme Court; participates in the annual mock trial; conducts a raffle; and holds social events. 7

14 LEGAL FORUMS AND SPEAKER SERIES Each fall and spring, students are able to enrich their traditional classroom experience by attending several legal events. The Paralegal Forum is held each October. It features a panel of Paralegal Studies graduates from various subject matter areas and legal offices speaking on their careers. They offer advice to students on issues including the following: how to land the perfect paralegal job, what employers are looking for, resume writing, practical practice tips, etc. Also in the fall, students can attend a Speaker Series lecture. Each spring, students, faculty and the community attend the Legal Studies Institute s signature event, the Forum on the Judiciary. The chief judges from each level of the Maryland Judiciary, a federal judge, and master sit on a panel to discuss their respective court, their career, and a selected topic of interest. Past topics have included: Your Rights Under the Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure, Use of Technology in the Courtroom, The Exclusionary rule: Protecting the Guilty...and the Innocent, and The 4 th Amendment: The Government can do WHAT without a Warrant? PROGRAM MEMBERSHIPS The Paralegal Studies Program is a member of, and works in partnership with, the following associations: American Association for Paralegal Education, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Maryland Association of Paralegals, National Capital Area Paralegal Association and National Association of Legal Assistants. Our affiliation with these national and state associations helps us to develop and maintain an innovative and highly effective curriculum. PROGRAM TRANSFERABILITY While many Paralegal Studies students seek employment immediately upon receipt of their degree or certificate, some students choose to further their education at four-year institutions or, in the case of those already possessing a bachelor s degree, law school. The success of our Paralegal Studies Program is evidenced by the fact that many of our graduates are hired by highly competitive large law firms in the Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Virginia areas, as well as in government offices and a wide variety of other placements. Graduates have also been accepted to local and out-ofstate colleges, universities and law schools. The program maintains several articulation agreements with other educational institutions that enable students to transfer seamlessly to paralegal or legal studies programs at Stevenson University, University of Baltimore, and University of Maryland University College. 8

15 CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE) The Legal Studies Institute offers CLE courses for attorneys, mediators, paralegals, and other legal professionals in Maryland and the surrounding region. A variety of courses are offered throughout the year, including such topics as: Family Law Legislative Update; E Discovery: Tips and Best Practices; Legal Research Refresher; Electronic Legal Refresher; Resume and Interviewing Skills for Paralegals; Complaint and Answer Drafting. Courses are offered in traditional classroom instruction, as well as online and podcasts; webinars are planned for the future. All courses are taught by experienced attorneys and paralegals. For more information on current CLE programs, visit 9

16 PARALEGAL STUDIES PARALEGAL STUDIES ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE CAREERS CENTER ROOM 232, This program of study may be designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Statewide Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation. Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. American Bar Association approved Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60 credit hours. Purpose: Basic information is presented to prepare students for employment in the paralegal field or to meet the requirements for promotion and additional career responsibility. Students are able to choose one of the following options: general practice, business or litigation. Paralegal courses are taught by judges, practicing attorneys and experts in the field, with an emphasis on practical applications. Employment projections suggest that the paralegal field will be one of the fastest-growing career areas during the next several years. Students may enroll either full or part-time and courses are offered in day, evening and weekend formats. RANGE OF OCCUPATIONS Administrative assistant Court administrative assistant Court clerk Law office manager Legal assistant Legislative legal assistant Paralegal Real estate settlement officer Victim advocate Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center at Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. Entrance Requirements: Students should consult with a paralegal adviser to ensure specific paralegal career goals are met. Degree Requirements: See the general education degree requirements of the current AACC catalog to ensure that diversity, computing and information technology, and general education degree requirements are included in your course selections. Transfer Agreements: Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to and then click on Articulations. Related Educational Opportunities: Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Visit for more information. BUSINESS OPTION (code AAS.PARA.BUSN) REQUIREMENTS (suggested sequencing) CREDITS GROUP 1 ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG See note 1. MAT 100 The Nature of Mathematics... 3 Or more advanced GER if qualified. Computer Technology GER... 4 LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 LGS 253 Business Law Total credit hours 16 GROUP 2 ENG 112 or ENG 116 or elective * See note 1. COM 111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR COM 116 Fundamentals of Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers... 3 Health, Fitness and Wellness GER... 3 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research *..1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing 1 *... 3 LGS 254 Business Law 2 *... 3 Total credit hours 16 GROUP 3 Biological & Physical Sciences GER (one lab required)... 4 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing 2 *... 3 SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology (D)... 3 Elective (paralegal studies) See note Total credit hours 13 GROUP 4 LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology *... 3 LGS 171 Tort Law *... 3 LGS 210 Legal Ethics *... 3 Elective See note Elective (paralegal studies) See note Total credit hours Successful completion of ENG 121 fully satisfies the English composition general education requirement. Students who take ENG 121 will need to take an additional elective course with the approval of the department chair. 2. Paralegal studies electives can be chosen from LGS 138, LGS 165, LGS 170, LGS 200, LGS 205, LGS 220, LGS 230 and LGS 235, LGS 236, LGS 260, LGS 271, or LGS Students may select any LGS course EXCEPT LGS 100. Where course choices exist within programs, transfer students should consult with an advisor and use transfer resources to make course choices consistent with the requirements of their intended transfer school. (*) This course has a credit course prerequisite. Specific course prerequisite information can be obtained by looking at the course description in the Credit Courses of Instruction section of the College Catalog or in the Schedule of Classes. (D) This course meets the diversity requirement or the diversity requirement can be met simultaneously as you satisfy this requirement. (GER) Information on courses that meet General Education Requirements can be found in General Education Requirements section of the College Catalog. 10

17 PARALEGAL STUDIES GENERAL PRACTICE OPTION (code AAS.PARA.GENL) Requirements (suggested sequencing) CREDITS GROUP 1 ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG See note 1... MAT 100 The Nature of Mathematics... 3 Or more advanced level if qualified. General education requirement, Computer Technology GER... 4 LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 LGS 253 Business Law Total credit hours 16 GROUP 2 ENG 112 or ENG 116 or elective *... 3 COM 111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR COM 116 Fundamentals of Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers... 3 Health/Fitness/Wellness GER... 3 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research *...1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing *... 3 Elective (paralegal studies) See note Total credit hours 16 Group 3 Biological & Physical Science GER (one lab required)... 4 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing 2 *... 3 SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology (D)... 3 Elective (paralegal studies) See note Total credit hours 13 GROUP 4 LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology *... 3 LGS 171 Tort Law *... 3 LGS 210 Legal Ethics *... 3 LGS 254 Business Law 2 *... 3 Elective (approval of adviser) See note Total credit hours Successful completion of ENG 121 fully satisfies the English composition general education requirement. Students who take ENG 121 will need to take an additional elective course with the approval of the department chair. 2. Paralegal studies electives can be chosen from any non-required LGS course, except LGS 135, LGS 136, LGS 156, LGS 217, LGS 218, LGS 225, LGS 232 and LGS Students may select any LGS course except LGS 100. Where course choices exist within programs, transfer students should consult with an advisor and use transfer resources to make course choices consistent with the requirements of their intended transfer school. (*) This course has a credit course prerequisite. Specific course prerequisite information can be obtained by looking at the course description in the Credit Courses of Instruction section of the College Catalog or in the Schedule of Classes. (D) This course meets the diversity requirement or the diversity requirement can be met simultaneously as you satisfy this requirement. (GER) Information on courses that meet General Education Requirements can be found in General Education Requirements section of the College Catalog. LITIGATION OPTION (code AAS.PARA.LITG) Requirements (suggested sequencing) CREDITS GROUP 1 ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG See note 1... MAT 100 The Nature of Mathematics... 3 Or more advanced level if qualified. General education requirement, Computer Technology GER... 4 LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 LGS 253 Business Law Total credit hours 16 GROUP 2 ENG 112 or ENG 116 or elective *... 3 COM 111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR COM 116 Fundamentals of Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers... 3 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research *...1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing *... 3 LGS 170 Civil Procedure *... 3 LGS 215 Criminal Law... 3 Total credit hours 16 GROUP 3 Biological & Physical Sciences GER (one lab required)... 4 LGS 160 Domestic Relations *... 3 LGS 171 Tort Law *... 3 LGS 216 Criminal Evidence and Procedure... 3 Total credit hours 13 GROUP 4 LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology *... 3 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing 2 *... 3 LGS 210 Legal Ethics *... 3 Health/Fitness/Wellness GER... 3 SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology (D)... 3,Total credit hours Successful completion of ENG 121 fully satisfies the English composition general education requirement. Students who take ENG 121 will need to take an additional elective course with the approval of the department chair. Where course choices exist within programs, transfer students should consult with an advisor and use transfer resources to make course choices consistent with the requirements of their intended transfer school. (*) This course has a credit course prerequisite. Specific course prerequisite information can be obtained by looking at the course description in the Credit Courses of Instruction section of the College Catalog or in the Schedule of Classes. (D) This course meets the diversity requirement or the diversity requirement can be met simultaneously as you satisfy this requirement. (GER) Information on courses that meet General Education Requirements can be found in General Education Requirements section of the College Catalog. 11

18 PARALEGAL STUDIES PARALEGAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE CAREERS CENTER ROOM 232, This program of study may be designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Statewide Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation. Award:.Certificate (American Bar Association approved) Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 31 credit hours. Purpose: Basic information is presented to prepare students for employment in the paralegal field or to meet the requirements for promotion and additional career responsibility. Students are able to choose one of the following options: general practice, business or litigation. Paralegal courses are taught by judges, practicing attorneys and experts in the field, with an emphasis on practical applications. Employment projections suggest that the paralegal field will be one of the fastest-growing career areas during the next several years. Students may enroll either full- or part-time and courses are offered in day, evening and weekend formats. RANGE OF OCCUPATIONS Administrative assistant Court administrative assistant Court clerk Law office manager Legal assistant Legislative legal assistant Paralegal Real estate settlement officer Victim advocate Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center at Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. Entrance Requirements: Students entering the Paralegal Studies certificate program must hold prior to enrollment either a bachelor s degree or an associate s degree from a regionally accredited college or university whose program included at least 18 hours of general education courses and ENG 111 and ENG 112. Students entering the Nurse Paralegal certificate program must hold either a bachelor s degree or an associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university whose program included at least 18 hours of general education courses. Students are required to forward to the college prior to enrollment an official transcript from the institution where their bachelor s degree or associate degree was obtained. Related Educational Opportunities: Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Visit for more information. BUSINESS OPTION (code CRT.PARA.BUSN) CREDITS TERM 1 LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 LGS 171 Tort Law... 3 LGS 253 Business Law Elective (paralegal studies... 3 Paralegal studies electives to be chosen from LGS 138, LGS 165, LGS 170, LGS 200, LGS 205, LGS 220, LGS 230, LGS 235, LGS 236, LGS 260, LGS 271 and LGS 275. Total credit hours 12 TERM 2 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research..1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing LGS 210 Legal Ethics... 3 LGS 254 Business Law Elective (paralegal studies)... 3 Paralegal studies electives to be chosen from LGS 138, LGS 165, LGS 170, LGS 200, LGS 205, LGS 220, LGS 230, LGS 235, LGS 236, LGS 260, LGS 271 and LGS 275. Total credit hours 13 TERM 3 LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology... 3 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing Total credit hours 6 GENERAL PRACTICE OPTION (code CRT.PARA.GENL) Note: See the next page for detailed information on the Accelerated General Practice Option that can be completed in two semesters. CREDITS TERM 1 LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 LGS 253 Business Law Electives (paralegal studies)... 6 Paralegal studies electives can be chosen from any non-required LGS courses, except LGS 135, LGS 136, LGS 156, LGS 217, LGS 218, LGS 225, LGS 232 and LGS 270. Total credit hours 12 TERM 2 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research..1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing LGS 210 Legal Ethics... 3 LGS 254 Business Law Elective (paralegal studies)... 3 Paralegal studies electives can be chosen from any non-required LGS courses, except LGS 135, LGS 136, LGS 156, LGS 217, LGS 218, LGS 225, LGS 232 and LGS 270. Total credit hours 13 TERM 3 LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology... 3 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing Total credit hours 6 Graduation Requirements: Verification by the college that the student obtained a bachelor s degree or associate s degree prior to enrollment in the Paralegal Studies certificate program. Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121. The certificate program requires 31 credit hours. A certificate in any option will require at least seven core courses which provide a background in paralegal studies. The remaining required courses or electives are those courses that are germane to the selected program option. 12

19 PARALEGAL STUDIES LITIGATION OPTION (code CRT.PARA.LITG) CREDITS TERM 1 LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 LGS 171 Tort Law... 3 LGS 216 Criminal Evidence and Procedure... 3 LGS 253 Business Law Total credit hours 12 TERM 2 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research..1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing LGS 170 Civil Procedure... 3 LGS 210 Legal Ethics... 3 Elective (paralegal studies)... 3 Paralegal studies electives to be chosen from LGS 160, LGS 165, LGS 200, LGS 205, LGS 215, LGS 220, LGS 230, LGS 235, LGS 240, LGS 271, LGS 275 and any LGS special topic. Total credit hours 13 TERM 3 LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology... 3 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing Total credit hours 6 NURSE PARALEGAL OPTION (code CRT.PARA.NURS) CREDITS TERM 1 LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 LGS 171 Tort Law... 3 LGS 240 Health Care Law... 3 LGS 253 Business Law Total credit hours 12 TERM 2 LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology... 3 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research.1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing LGS 170 Civil Procedure... 3 LGS 210 Legal Ethics... 3 Total credit hours 13 TERM 3 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing LGS 220 Administrative Law OR LGS 275 Paralegal Internship... 3 LGS 241 Legal Issues of Death, Dying and Organ Transplantation... 2 LGS 242 Medical Insurance Law... 1 Total credit hours 9 ACCELERATED CERTIFICATE OPTION GENERAL PRACTICE OPTION (code CRT.PARA.GENL) Complete your Paralegal Studies Certificate in two semesters by being a part of this cohort group, which begins each fall. Below is the suggested pathway. Students seeking this option must contact the Department Chair for approval. CREDITS FALL TERM LGS Introduction to Paralegal Studies... 3 Hybrid accelerated first eight-week session LGS Criminal Law... 3 Hybrid accelerated second eight-week session LGS 253 Business Law LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology... 3 LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research.1 LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing Total credit hours 16 SPRING TERM LGS Tort Law... 3 Hybrid accelerated first eight-week session LGS Legal Ethics... 3 Hybrid accelerated second eight-week session LGS 254 Business Law LGS 170 Civil Procedure... 3 LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing Total credit hours 15 13

20 PARALEGAL STUDIES ACCELERATED CERTIFICATE General Practice option 31 credit hours The Paralegal Studies Certificate can be completed in two semesters by being a part of this cohort group, which begins each fall. Below is the suggested pathway. Students seeking this option must contact the Director for approval. Fall Semester Spring Semester Offering Credits Offering Credits Introduction to Paralegal Studies LGS *Hybrid - accelerated 1st 8-week session 3 Tort Law LGS *Hybrid - accelerated 1st 8-week session 3 Criminal Law LGS *Hybrid - accelerated 2nd 8-week session Business Law I LGS Online 15-week or numerous day or night sessions Law Office and Technology LGS or LGS Legal Ethics LGS *Hybrid - accelerated 2nd 8-week session 3 Business Law II LGS Online 15-week or numerous day or night sessions 3 Civil Procedure LGS or LGS Legal Research and Writing 1 LGS , 502, or Legal Research and Writing 2 LGS , 401, or Electronic Legal Research LGS or

21 Credit courses of instruction in Legal Studies Institute LGS 100 Introduction to the Law Provides a general overview of topics and skills related to law and jurisprudence. Students will gain a basic perspective on the history and development of the law as well as an understanding of how the law affects individuals, government and business in today s society. Study of course topics include constitutional law principles, judicial decisionmaking, the state and federal court systems, as well as a survey of substantive criminal law, family law, contracts, torts, property and procedural law. Lab fee $10. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121. Note: Not available to paralegal or law and jurisprudence majors to fulfill a required or elective course. LGS 111 Introduction to Paralegal Studies Provides a general perspective of the legal system and role of paralegals within that system. Topics include legal procedure, evidence, investigation, litigation, legal research and writing, ethics and a brief look at contracts, torts, criminal law and administrative law. Lab fee $10. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121. LGS 112 Law Office Practice and Technology Explore the technology that enhances law office management processes and procedures and supports the modern-day practice of law. Gain hands-on experience with software related to case management, timekeeping and billing, docket control, electronic discovery (e-discovery), marketing via the Internet and computer-aided report preparation and presentations. Lab fee $25. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 111. LGS 113 Maximize Your Paralegal Education 1 credit hour 15 hours; one term. Assists paralegal students in identifying their professional goals. Covered areas include selection of program electives and internships, self-marketing strategies and exploration of transfer options. LGS 135 Organized Crime Provides a historical examination and analysis of organized crime worldwide. Explores the history of organized crime in the United States. Explores the socioeconomic and political aspects of organized crime. Examines organized crime as a response to organized crime. Includes an examination of organized crime s role in unions and labor movements, organized crime and the media, organized crime commissions and organized crime internal and external policies. Note: Also offered as CJS 135; credit is not given for both LGS 135 and CJS 135. This course is not considered a legal specialty course for the purpose of earning legal specialty credits in the Paralegal Studies Program. However, it may be applied as a general elective in the Paralegal Studies Program as noted in the program description. Please see an adviser before registering for this course. LGS 136 History of Homicide Provides a historical examination and analysis of homicide. Explores the differences between homicide and murder and analyzes the different degrees of murder. Examines theories on the motives for homicide, murder, mass murder and serial murders. Studies the historical application of the law to homicide and murder cases. Explores how well the criminal justice system works with homicide and other capital crimes. Examines the detection, investigation and prosecution of murder cases, including the analysis of forensic evidence in homicide cases to determine cause of death. Note: Also offered as CJS 136; credit is not given for both LGS 136 and CJS 136. This course is not considered a legal specialty course for the purpose of earning legal specialty credits in the Paralegal Studies Program. However, it may be applied as a general elective in the Paralegal Studies Program as noted in the program description. Please see an adviser before registering for this course. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121. Note: Also offered as CJS 138; credit is not given for both LGS 138 and CJS

22 Credit courses of instruction in Legal Studies Institute LGS 138 International Law and Human Rights Introduces students to the scope and sources of international law, jurisdiction and dispute mechanism in the international community. Students will explore fundamental human rights, focusing on genocide, civil rights, and war crimes. Students will also discuss arms control and the laws of war. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121. Note: Also offered as CJS 138; credit is not given for both LGS 138 and CJS 138. LGS 141 Electronic Legal Research 1 credit hour 15 hours; one term. Learn and apply computer-assisted legal research strategies to locate primary and secondary sources of law; identify appropriate databases, formulate and apply diverse search techniques, and evaluate results. Identify appropriate use of print, free online, or paid online legal information sources. Enrollment is limited. Lab fee $35. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 111. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LGS 143. LGS 143 Legal Research and Writing 1 Learn techniques of legal research and writing with an emphasis on legal research. Explore topics that include issue identification, an overview of the research process and the American system of law, primary and secondary sources of law, citators, and legal citation. Learn and apply writing skills to complete memoranda and case briefs. Lab fee $10. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 111 or permission of legal studies director. LGS 144 Legal Research and Writing 2 Learn techniques of advanced legal research and writing with an emphasis on the written aspect of the role of a paralegal. Prepare several written products including case briefs, correspondence, objective memoranda, persuasive motions, including emphasis on detailed legal citation, issue identification and the FIRAC method. Learn and practice oral communication techniques. Lab fee $45. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 141 and LGS 143. LGS 156 Legal Issues in Aging Introduces students who are studying for careers in health professions to laws related to the elderly. Students will explore access to care, competency and decision making, euthanasia, suicide, organ procurement and allocation, guardianship, estate planning and transfer of property upon death. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121 Note: This course will not count toward a Paralegal Studies degree or certificate. This course is not considered a legal specialty course for the purpose of earning legal specialty credits in the Paralegal Studies Program. However, it may be applied as a general elective in the Paralegal Studies Program as noted in the program description. Please see an adviser before registering for this course. LGS 160 Domestic Relations Analyze legal matters relating to marriage, divorce, separation, annulment, child support, alimony, adoption, custody and related topics. Examine the practical aspects of the paralegal s role in this field. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 111. LGS 165 Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Focuses on the application of negotiation, mediation and arbitration as methods of resolving conflicts outside the courtroom. Students will learn the nature of conflict and the specific methods and techniques for resolving conflict. Students will examine the processes and skills involved, the training required and the employment opportunities available in the fast-growing field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Note: Also offered as BPA 165 and HUS 165; credit will only be given for one of the following: BPA 165, HUS 165, LGS

23 Credit courses of instruction in Legal Studies Institute LGS 170 Civil Procedure Gain a basic understanding of civil litigation processes and procedures. Explore topics that include state and federal court systems, pleadings, court documents, discovery, trial, parties, judgments and attacks on judgments. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 111. LGS 171 Tort Law Familiarizes students with all aspects of tort law. Topics include intentional torts, negligent torts, defenses, joint tortfeasors and strict liability. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LGS 111, LGS 253 or BPA 253. LGS 200 Real Estate Law for Paralegals Learn legal concepts that form the foundation for a basic understanding of a real estate transaction. Use many of the current legal websites to supplement course materials and learn how to research the diverse legal topics covered. Explore such topics as ethics, categories of property, ownership restrictions, legal descriptions of property, real estate licensees, real estate contracts, deeds, property liens, financing, title, settlements, leases, litigation and mortgage foreclosures. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 111. LGS 205 Cyberlaw Introduces students to emerging laws of cyberspace. Explore methods of investigating and preventing cybercrimes and infringements upon information security. Discuss laws governing e- commerce and intellectual property protections, focusing on landmark and other cases such as Napster. The class will also debate privacy rights and free speech on the Internet. Prerequisite: CJS 111 or LGS 111 or LGS 253. Note: Students with no prior computer experience are encouraged to take one of the following before taking this course: CSI 112 or CSI 113. Also offered as BPA 205, CJS 205 and CSI 205; credit is not given for LGS 205 and also BPA 205, CJS 205 and CSI 205. LGS 210 Legal Ethics Analyze ethical considerations in the legal field. Explore the history of the legal profession, regulation of lawyers, professional discipline, lawyer-client relationship, lawyer competence, confidentiality, conflicts of interest and the adversary system. Understand the practical aspects of the paralegal s role in the ethical practice of law and what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in LGS 111. LGS 215 Criminal Law Examines pertinent aspects of federal and state criminal law. Includes basic elements of law and specific issues of interest to law enforcement. Discuss recent court decisions relating to crimes against the person and property. Lab fee $5. Note: Also offered as CJS 215; credit is not given for both LGS 215 and CJS 215. LGS 216 Criminal Evidence and Procedure Study key issues relating to criminal procedure including an examination of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments of the United States Constitution. Examine the rules of evidence including concepts such as relevancy, witnesses, hearsay, chain of custody and the trial process with a focus on procedure in Maryland courts. Lab fee $5. Note: Also offered as CJS 216; credit is not given for both LGS 216 and CJS 216. LGS 217 Constitutional Law Examines the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Analyzes cases focusing on governmental powers and limitations, due process, free speech, privacy rights and religious freedoms and apply these concepts to today s constitutional issues. Prerequisite: LGS 111 or CJS 111 or permission of legal studies director. Note: Also offered as CJS 217; credit is not given for both LGS 217 and CJS 217. This course is not considered a legal specialty course for the purpose of earning legal specialty credits in the Paralegal Studies Program. However, it may be applied as a general elective in the Paralegal Studies Program as noted in the program description. Please see an adviser before registering for this course. 17

24 Credit courses of instruction in Legal Studies Institute LGS 218 Introduction to Immigration Law Learn the history of immigration and the laws, policies, and regulations regarding citizenship. Study various visa petitions including, but not limited to, non-immigrant visas, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, asylum/refugee applications and deportation and adoption issues. Discuss the appellate process and post 9/11 issues, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Lab fee $5. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121. Note: This course is not considered a legal specialty course for the purpose of earning legal specialty credits in the Paralegal Studies program. However, it may be applied as a general elective in the Paralegal Studies degree program as noted in the program description. Please see an adviser before registering for this course. LGS 220 Administrative Law Examines the nature and function of administrative agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Students will explore the body of laws created by administrative agencies in the form of rules, regulations, orders and decisions and learn about the administrative hearing processes at all levels of government. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LGS 111 or LGS 253. LGS 225 Environmental Law and Policy Understand the practical balance between environmental laws, policies and societal values and how environmental protections are often a dynamic fusion of these factors. Learn the differences between environmental laws and policies and discuss and debate how applicable case laws, statutes, administrative agency rules and regulations impact national, state and local issues affecting the environment. Gain insight into how core legal principles interplay with policy considerations and case law coupled with local statutes form an interlacing framework of policies and legal protections that ultimately determine, influence and define the environment as we know it. Lab fee $5. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121. Note: This course is not considered a legal specialty course for the purpose of earning legal specialty credits in the Paralegal Studies program. However, it may be applied as a general elective in the Paralegal Studies degree program as noted in the program description. Please see an adviser before registering for this course. LGS 230 Employment Law Studies the impact of state and federal laws upon employment relationships. This course will detail substantive and procedural aspects of employment law, focusing on worker s compensation, employment discrimination, pensions and health benefits, wage and hour laws and labor relations. Prerequisite: LGS 111 or LGS 253 or BPA 253 or permission of legal studies director. 18

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