Legal Studies Program
Become a legal assistant/paralegal in as little as five semesters with Seminole State's two-year Associate in Science (A.S.) legal studies program.
Why Seminole State?
- Hands-on training and real-world experience.
- Approved by the American Bar Association
- Small classes
- Experienced professors who have earned a Juris Doctorate degree.
- Bachelor's degree options
About the Degree
This American Bar Association (ABA)-approved program is designed to prepare qualified persons to work under the supervision of attorneys. Our goal is to help students play essential roles as valuable members of legal teams in various settings including law firms, courts, corporations, financial institutions, non-profit organizations and various government offices. Students receive academic instruction in a variety of legal areas and hands-on applications in a technology-enhanced environment. A variety of educational experiences that promote critical thinking and the development of specialized skills and professional ethical behavior are integrated throughout the curriculum. This diverse educational foundation prepares our graduates to meet the current and future requirements of the legal community we serve.
The required internship program provides students the opportunity to gain actual work experience in a legal setting. Students are encouraged to sit for one of the national certification exams, and are aided in their preparation through the curriculum, training, and experiences offered by the program. Specific courses may provide transfer opportunities to four-year institutions.
As a paralegal/legal assistant, you will work under the supervision of an attorney:
- Assisting with trials, hearings and depositions
- Drafting motions, proposed orders and judgments
- Conducting legal research
- Attending client meetings, hearings, depositions and trials
- Drafting pleadings and memoranda
- Interviewing clients and witnesses
- Preparing trial notebooks and exhibits
- Drafting Contracts
Course Descriptions and Supplements
Paralegals may not provide legal services
directly to the public, except as permitted by law.