SLCC General Catalog

Paralegal Studies AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
64 credits minimum

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Program Description

A paralegal is a person qualified through education, training and work experience, who under direction and supervision of an attorney performs delegated legal work for the attorney or law firm which the attorney otherwise would perform. Although a paralegal is not licensed to practice law, he or she completes tasks traditionally performed by an attorney with the exceptions of giving legal advice, independently representing clients and any other unauthorized practice of law.

Career Opportunities

This American Bar Association approved program is designed for those considering employment as a paralegal who wish to update their professional development or for those already in the field.

Transfer/Articulation Information

Students who are interested in pursuing courses leading to a Bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies should consult the Business Advisor, Business Building, Room 130A or (801) 957-4286.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Specialized Accreditation

The Finance and Credit associate degree program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This accreditation represents the achievement of meeting the high national standards established for associate degree-granting business programs.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing (EN)

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1010

Intermed Algebra (QS)

4

A

RDG 0900 w/C or better and within the past year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1020

Prin Public Speaking

3

A

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 2110

Interpersonal comm

3

F, Sp

Distribution Areas: (6 Credits)

Choose an additional two courses (six credits) from two of the following distribution areas:

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

 

Required Courses: (31 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

*PLS 1010

Intro to Law

3

A

 

PLS 1020

Intro Civil Lit

3

A

 

*PLS 1030

Int Legal Rsch/Write

3

A

ENGL 1010

*PLS 1050

Legal Rsch/Wrtg II

3

A

PLS 1020, PLS 1030

PLS 1070

Crim Law & Prc

3

A

 

*PLS 1120 Paralegal Proc I 3 A  
PLS 1180 Evidence 3 F, Sp PLS 1070
PLS 2010 Comp Esntls Paralegal 4 A CIS 1020 or challenge exam
PLS 2190 Ethics 3 A 12 cr of PLS classes
One of the following
PLS 2090 Paralegal Practicum 3 A PLS 1010, 1030, 1050, 1120, 2010
PLS 2000 CO-OP 3 A PLS 1050 and program approval
PLS 2200 Legal Portfolio 3 A PLS 1050
*Must be completed with a B-grade or higher. All other course must be completed at Salt Lake Community College.

 NOTE: 75% of major course requirements must be completed at Salt Lake Community College.

Elective Courses: (Select 15 credits from the following)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

*CJ 2330

Juvenile Justice

3

F, Sp

CJ 1010

MA 1100

Medical Term

2

A

 

MGT 2050

Legal Env of Bus

3

A

Recommended BUS 1050

MGT 2080

Employment Law

3

A

BUS 1050

PLS 1080

Contracts

3

F, Sp

 

PLS 1100

Bankruptcy & Collection

3

F

 

PLS 1110

Wills, Prob/Est

3

Sp

 

PLS 1130

Admin Law

3

F

 

PLS 1140

Environ Law

3

F

 

PLS 1160

Immigration Law

3

Sp

 

PLS 1170

Family Law

3

F, Su

 

PLS 1190

Constitutional Law

3

Su

 

PLS 1300

Torts

3

F, Sp

 

PLS 1530

Real Estate Law

3

Sp

 

PLS 2000

CO-OP

1-6

A

PLS 1050 and program approval

PLS 2050

Legal Rsch/Write III

3

A

PLS 1050

PLS 2070

Mediation

3

F

Variable, contract department

PLS 2200

Legal Portfolio

3

Sp

PLS 1050

PLS 2250

Securities

3

F

PLS 1010

PLS 2260

Hollywood & the Law

3

Su

Variable, contact department

PLS 2990

Special Studies

1-3

TBA

Variable, contact department

 

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ENGL 1010

3

COMM 2110

3

MATH 1010

4

PLS 1030

3

PLS 1010

3

PLS 1070

3

PLS 1020

3

PLS 2010

4

PLS 1120

3

PLS ELEC

3

Total

16

Total

16

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

COMM 1020

3

PLS 2000/2200

1-6

PLS 1050

3

PLS 2200

3

PLS 1180

3

PLS 2090

3

PLS ELEC

9

PLS 2190

3

 

 

PLS ELEC

3

 

 

DISTRIBUTION

6

Total

18

Total

16-21

 

Advising Notes

The following courses require a  B- grade or higher: PLS 1010, PLS 1030, PLS 1050 and PLS 1120. Students are also required to earn a grade of C or better in Paralegal Program electives.

General Education requirements and elective courses provide training in effective oral and written communication and human relation skills. Various courses are taught using group and team activities in the learning process to develop the student’s interactive skills and to build human values and ethics.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.  Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

Cooperative Education is the College’s program for recognizing and rewarding new learning associated with study-related employment in a business, industrial or government work environment. Credit earned from PLS 2000 is applied toward graduation requirements as both an alternative required class and/or as an elective credit. Contact the Cooperative Education Department at (801) 957-4014.

The Department strongly recommends that students enhance their employment opportunities through Cooperative Education as soon as skills permit, to complement the certificate or degree.

 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Interview clients and witnesses and appropriately interact with clients.
  • Comply with the litigation process.
  • Use traditional and electronic resources to conduct legal research.
  • Draft Legal Documents
  • Understand basic substantive and procedural legal principles.
1 – Substantive Knowledge
  • Communicate effectively orally
  • Communicate effectively in writing
2 – Communicate Effectively
  • Perform Appropriate Calculations
3 – Develop Quantitative Literacy
  • Extract relevant data from complex information, process it appropriately, and draw reasonable conclusions.
4 – Think Critically
  • Recognize potential ethical issues in the practice of the law and apply appropriate rules of professional responsibility.
5 – Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally
Department Contact Info

Computer Sciences and Paralegal Studies Division
Library Square
231 E 400 S
Salt Lake City

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
BB 109

General Information
801-957-4073

Information
801-957-5150

Paralegal Studies Program

Academic Advisor
BB 130A
801-957-4286

Program Faculty

Instructors
KC Jensen
Sharee Laidlaw
L. Monte Sleight