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Paralegal Studies AAS

The Paralegal Studies AAS degree (AAS_PLGL) degree offered at LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Paralegal Studies Department.

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Program Description

Degrees and certificates in paralegal studies are available for students wishing to pursue a professional career as a paralegal/legal assistant. The goal of the program is to prepare students to perform effectively in a variety of legal settings and to adapt readily to changes in the legal environment. The program offers a two-year associate of applied science degree and a one-year certificate in paralegal studies. Only students already possessing either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree may enter the certificate program.

Exciting and fulfilling careers can be found in both the public and private sectors of legal practice for graduates holding paralegal degrees and certificates. Paralegals are trained to assist attorneys in such legal services as drafting legal documents, conducting legal research and factual investigations, and interviewing clients and witnesses.

Paralegals must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer. The program offers a faculty of experienced paralegal professionals and attorneys, and an extensive law library with Westlaw Computer Assisted Legal Research available on campus. Lexis/ Nexis computer research is also available online with computer access to the library website.

For students enrolled full-time the AAS degree may be earned in two years, and the certificate in one year. For those attending on a part-time basis, time for completion will be longer. The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Transferred legal specialty courses will be approved as course substitutions as appropriate by the program director only. All students must take at least 12 semester credits of legal specialty courses in the traditional classroom setting. Contact a counselor or paralegal studies faculty member at LSC-North Harris for more information.

Program Plan

First Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3
MATH 1332 Math for Liberal Arts 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers 4
LGLA 1307 Intro to Law & Legal Professions 3
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting 3
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Elective2   General Education 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
LGLA 1303 Legal Research 3

TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Year:


Second Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
KINE   Any physical activity course 1
LGLA 1219 Paralegal Ethics 2
LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 2370 Rules of Civil Procedure 3
LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law 3
ITSW 1301 Intro to Word Processing 3
LGLA 2305 Interviewing & Investigations 3
LGLA3 2331 Adv. Legal Research Writing 3
LGLA4   Elective 3
LGLA 2388 Internship Paralegal/Legal Asst. OR 3
LGLA4   Elective  
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
LGLA 1171 Preparing for Legal Employment 1

TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Year:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for Paralegal Studies AAS Degree:


  1. Humanities course requirement must be selected from this list: ENGL 2332, 2333, HUMA 1301, 1302, PHIL 1304, FREN 2311, 2312, GERM 2311, 2312, SPAN 2311, 2312. These courses also meet the multicultural requirement.
  2. Select from general education requirements
  3. Capstone course
  4. LGLA 1317, 1323, 1341, 1343, 1349, 1353, 1355, 1359, 1371, 2301, 2309, 2311, 2313, 2315
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