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Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate in Science

Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate in Science
Type: AS
Subplan Code: LEGAL-AS
CIP: 1722030200

Program Description

Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program prepares graduates to work under the supervision of attorneys. Coursework emphasizes research and writing skills with hands-on applications in a technology-enhanced environment. Additionally, the program’s internship component allows students to gain practical experience in a professional legal setting.

Note: Paralegals  may not provide legal services directly to the public except as provided by law.

Profession

Paralegals and legal assistants provide critical support in law firms, courts, corporations, banks and government offices. Astute at managing multiple deadlines and intricate details, these professionals conduct research, prepare reports and assist lawyers with legal proceedings and business meetings.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are employed in:

  • Banks/trusts departments
  • Corporations and businesses
  • Courts
  • Federal, state and local government offices
  • Insurance companies 

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 22 percent (faster than average) through 2018 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Certifications

The Accredited Legal Professional (DOE code TAFLP001) certification serves as the entry-level examination for those joining the legal support profession.

Degree Transfer

DirectConnect to UCF: The A.S. degree in Legal Assistant/Paralegal will transfer to the University of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies if the following courses have also been completed:

  • Principles of Economics (MICRO) or Principles of Economics (MACRO), 
  • One humanities General Education course (ARH 2050, ARH 2051, LIT 2120, PHI 2010, REL 2300 or THE 1020), and
  • One mathematics General Education course (MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 2233, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313 or MGF 1106).

Other options: Some A.S. degree courses also are transferrable to other four-year institutions

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Courses
Available Courses Shown in Green
Required Courses
40
3
Credits
Choose 3 credits of Cooperative Education in Legal Studies from the following list:
3
Choose 3 credits from the following list:
3
Elective Courses
6
Choose 6 credits from the following list:
6
General Education Courses
18

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
64
Note:

If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college developmental mathematics course(s) if you are non-exempt and if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.

Note:

Students transferring to the University of Central Florida Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies under the articulation agreement must take the following courses:

  • ECO 2013 or ECO 2013
  • Humanities General Education course: ARH 2050, ARH 2051, LIT 2120, PHI 1020, REL 2300 or THE 1020
  • Social Science General Education course: ANT 2000, PSY 2012 or SYG 2000

Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Note:

The transfer of credits from other institutions to apply toward this degree is restricted. A copy of these restrictions is available on the Legal Studies website, at the office of the Legal Studies Program Manager and at the Registrar's office.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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