Paralegal Studies - PS12

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Online
  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Paralegal Studies Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in the paralegal profession.  Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.  The knowledge and skills emphasized in this program include ethical obligations; research state and federal law; legal correspondence preparation; family law matters; criminal law and procedure, and tort law The program of study emphasizes opportunities that provide students with specialized legal knowledge and skills required to aid lawyers in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Diploma.

 

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;      

*Be at least 16 years of age;   
  
*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;  
   
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;      

*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

 

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Core Courses (8 - 9 hours)

Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

Coreqs: None

Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
Social/Behavorial Sciences - Choose One of the Following (2 - 3 hours)

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
PSYC
1010
3

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.

Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

Coreqs: None

Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.
Mathematics - Choose One of the Following (3 hours)

Prereqs: Placement Test Score or MATH 0090 AND Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes algebra, statistics, and mathematics of finance. Topics include fundamental operations of algebra, sets and logic, probability and statistics, geometry, mathematics of voting and districting, and mathematics of finance.
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.
MATH
1111
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Occupational Courses (30 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: Provisional Admission

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the American legal system, the role of the lawyer and legal assistant within that system, and the ethical obligations imposed upon attorneys and legal assistants. Topics include: survey of American jurisprudence, code of professional responsibility and ethics overview, and introduction to areas of law and legal vocabulary.

Prereqs: ENGL 1101

Coreqs: PARA 1100

Introduces the student to the process of locating statutory, judicial, administrative and secondary sources on both a state and federal level. The student will utilize both print and electronic research resources. Focuses on the application and reinforcement of basic writing skills, familiarizes the student with types of writing typically engaged in by lawyers and legal assistants, and prepares the student for legal writing tasks. The student learns to write business letters as well as advisory documents. Topics include: legal analysis and legal correspondence and composition.

Prereqs: ENGL 1101, PARA 1100, PARA 1105

Coreqs: None

Builds on competencies acquired in PARA 1102 and continues the process of locating statutory, judicial, administrative and secondary sources on both a state and federal level. The student will conduct a wider range of research in both print and electronic research resources. Emphasis will be placed on preparation of legal documents. Criminal case documents will be examined, but most of the emphasis will be on civil matters. The student will be presented factual scenarios, and utilizing these facts, research and develop a case from intake to trial.
PARA
1115
3

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PARA 1100

Introduces the student to the issues which may arise in family law cases and to the role of the paralegal in assisting the attorney in the development and presentation of such cases. Topics include: issues associated with client and witness interviews, marriage validity and dissolution, litigation support in family law matters, issues concerning children, special matters in family law, and attorney and paralegal ethical obligations.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PARA 1100

Introduces the student to the basic concepts of substantive criminal law and its procedural aspects with an emphasis on the constitutionally protected rights of the accused in the criminal justice system. Topics include: substantive criminal law and procedure and criminal litigation support.
PARA
1140
3

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PARA 1100

Introduces the student to the basic concepts of substantive tort law. Topics include: concepts of intentional torts, negligence and product liability; causation and liability concepts; damages and defenses; and special tort actions and immunities.
3

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PARA 1100

Introduces the student to common forms of law practice. The student will be exposed to methods of billing and time-keeping, automation in the law office, the law office library, the appropriate role of support staff in the law office, and ethical concerns relevant to law office management.  Topics include: forms of law practice and insurance needs, support systems, support staff, and ethical responsibilities.
Occupational Guided Electives - Minimum of 6 Credit Hours (6 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PARA 1100

Provides a general framework of the substantive theory of wills, trusts, and estates. Topics include: wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; probate of wills and administration of estates; document preparation for other probate proceedings; general jurisdiction of the probate court; terminology of wills and estate practice; client interviews; and document preparation.

Prereqs: PARA 1100

Coreqs: None

Introduces the student to the purpose and application of the Federal Bankruptcy Code and Rules, as well as applicable state law related to bankruptcy and debtor-creditor issues.  Topics include: the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, Bankruptcy Court procedures, the preparation of bankruptcy forms and documents, state law workouts and collection, and the role of the paralegal in a bankruptcy practice.
PARA
1205
3

Prereqs: PARA 1100

Coreqs: None

Explains the major legal principles and concepts of the U.S. Constitution including governmental powers and structure, and civil liberties. Additionally, this course includes an exploration of the history of the Constitution and case law interpreting it.

Prereqs: PARA 1100

Coreqs: None

Provide an overview of the legal issues involved in the delivery of healthcare and the issues relating to Elder Law.  Students will recognize the fundamentals of the healthcare treatment relationship, liability issues, patient care decisions and the human condition of sickness.  They will explore the complexities of heath care financing, health care access, governmental regulations and privacy issues.  Topics will also include access to care, informed consent, patient care decisions, the doctor-patient relationship, end-of-life decision making, legal problems of the elderly, law and mental health, AIDS and the law and the privatization of health care facilities.

 

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Paralegal Studies Degree

 

Advisors

Sean Scally
Paralegal Program Coordinator
Office: Lowndes Hall, Room 7259
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 3012
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus