Legal Studies for the Paralegal, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley and Meramec

The Associate in Applied Science in Legal Studies for the Paralegal degree at St. Louis Community College is the oldest Paralegal degree program in the United States.  It prepares and enhances student knowledge and skills for careers in the paralegal profession. Students develop a basic legal vocabulary and gain an understanding of Federal and Missouri statutes, cases, regulations and court systems.  Students will be able to describe the legal process as well as study concepts from various specific areas of law.  Students develop skills in analyzing legal problems, drafting/preparing legal documents and enhancing their professional development.  

Persons interested in this program should have an interest in the law. They should be self-motivated, able to work without supervision and have good oral and written communication skills.

Graduates are qualified for positions as paralegals in private law firms, corporations, government agencies, and other businesses.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. draft legal documents while demonstrating appropriate grammar.
  2. analyze legal documents as well as other case matter resources to identify and summarize relevant materials for the case.
  3. examine case matter and identify appropriate research resources as well as analyze research results to support case matter while demonstrating appropriate grammar.
  4. identify and assemble legal documents and court forms required for case matter.
  5. implement appropriate management of clients and case matters including calendar control, file management and billing.
  6. formulate an action plan to facilitate the resolution of the case matter and implement plan to conclusion of the case.
  7. select opportunities to pursue professional development while demonstrating appropriate communication skills.
  8. describe fundamental elements involved in the conduct of business.
  9. demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 100 (recommended)3
or ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
ENG 103Report Writing (MOTR ENGL 110) (recommended)3
or ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
or SOC 103 Work and Society
XXX xxxScience or Math Elective 13
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
BUS 101Small Business Management (recommended)3
or BUS 104 Introduction to Business Administration
BUS xxxBusiness Electives 26
COM xxxCommunications Elective 33
Program Requirements
LGL 110Introduction to Law3
LGL 111Law Office Management3
LGL 113Computers and the Law3
LGL 217Legal Research3
LGL 218Legal Writing3
LGL 235Civil Litigation3
Select 15 credit hours of the following:15
Group I Electives (select at least two courses from the Group I Electives)
Contract Law
Wills, Trusts, and Probate
Tort Law
Family Law
Group II Electives
Real Estate Law
Administrative Law
Employment Law
Topics in Law
Advanced Civil Litigation
Paralegal Clinical Studies 4
Workplace Learning: Paralegal 4
Total Credit Hours60
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 100
or College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
3ENG 100 recommended
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)
or Work and Society
3Reading Proficiency.
LGL 110 Introduction to Law3Reading Proficiency.
LGL 113 Computers and the Law3Reading Proficiency.
Science or Mathematics Elective3 Select from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Math (140 or higher), Physical Science, or Physics
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 103 Report Writing (MOTR ENGL 110)
or College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)
3ENG 100 or ENG 101 with minimum grades of "C" or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
LGL 235 Civil Litigation3LGL 110 or LGL 108 and Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
LGL 111 Law Office Management3Reading Proficiency.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or Persuasion
or Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
or Interpersonal Communication (MOTR COMM 120)
3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
LGL 217 Legal Research3LGL 110 or LGL 108, ENG 100 or ENG 101, and Reading Proficiency.Take first 8 weeks
LGL 218 Legal Writing3LGL 217 and Reading Proficiency.Take second 8 weeks
BUS 101 Small Business Management
or Introduction to Business Administration
3Reading Proficiency.BUS 101 recommended
Group I Legal Elective3  
ACC 100 Applied Accounting
or Managerial Leadership
or Principles of Selling
or Principles of Marketing
or Computer Literacy
3Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
LGL Elective3 Apply for graduation
ACC 100 Applied Accounting
or Managerial Leadership
or Principles of Selling
or Principles of Marketing
or Computer Literacy
3Reading Proficiency.
Group I Legal Elective3  
LGL Elective3  
LGL Elective3 LGL 280 or LGL 290 recommended
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours60

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.