Paralegal Studies Degrees and Programs

A.S. Degree

Seminole State's Associate in Science, Legal Assistant/Paralegal degree is an American Bar Association (ABA)-approved program 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 & Supplements

Paralegals may not provide legal services
directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Program Goals

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 which 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will develop the following student learning outcomes throughout the coursework:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills by applying legal analysis to a variety of facts and circumstances, appropriately analyzing those facts and circumstances and performing legal research. Students will also be able to cogently draft appropriate legal documents regarding those facts and circumstances using professional English and legal terminology.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate with legal professionals and lay people alike concerning legal matters and conduct themselves professionally and ethically.
  • Students will be able to effectively respond to a variety of law office management-related challenges.
  • Students will be able to explain and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills when interacting with clients and fellow employees, as well as members of the legal community and the public.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical rules as applied to various situations typically encountered by a paralegal.
  • Using case-related information, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency using case management software and technology commonly used in a law office.

Contact

Maritza Mendez
407.708.2348
Fax: 407.708.2198
Office: J-0011B