Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate in Science
Major Code: LEGAL-AS
Educational Plan: LEGAL-AS
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.
Many courses in this program are now offered in an online format in addition to traditional face-to-face classroom instruction. Please note that The American Bar Association (ABA) requires students to take a minimum of ten (10) credits of legal specialty courses in the traditional, face-to-face class format in order to successfully complete the program. The legal specialty courses include: PLA 1104, PLA 2114, PLA 2203, PLA 2273, PLA 2600, PLA 2610, PLA 2800, PLA 2949, PLA 2303, PLA 2730 and PLA 2930.
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.
|Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as provided by law.|
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.
Graduates of this program are employed in:
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Employment in this field is expected to grow by 22 percent (faster than average) through 2018 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
The Accredited Legal Professional (DOE code TAFLP001) certification serves as the entry-level examination for those joining the legal support profession.
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:
Other options: Some A.S. degree courses also are transferrable to other four-year institutions
Choose 9 credits from the following list:
Any General Education course
Humanities General Education course
Mathematics or Science General Education course
Social Science General Education course
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.
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.
Transfer of Legal Specialty Courses
Generally, legal specialty courses are those courses that cover a specific area of law or procedure. It is the policy of the Legal Studies Program to accept no more than the equivalent of fifty-percent of legal specialty courses. Legal specialty transfer credits may be considered from regionally accredited institutions provided the student completes the following procedure:
Strong preference is given to those courses taken from an ABA-approved paralegal program. The Seminole State College Legal Studies Program does not accept professional work experience, CLEP credit, paralegal or legal assistant certifications, CEUs, or the 131 equivalent as transfer credit for legal specialty courses. Additionally, all Legal Studies students must complete a minimum of 10 semester hours of legal specialty course work in the traditional classroom environment; therefore, the number of on-line legal specialty courses subject to transfer may be limited in order to satisfy this requirement. This transfer policy includes any and all legal specialty courses taken at any institution including any Seminole State College campus offering a non-ABA approved program.
Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.
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.