Legal Studies for the Paralegal, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley and Meramec

This program, designed in cooperation with the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, prepares students for careers in the paralegal profession. Students develop a basic legal vocabulary and gain an understanding of Missouri statutes and cases and pretrial and trial proceedings. They study concepts of real and personal property and business organizations and develop skills in interviewing and counseling clients, writing legal resume, analyzing legal problems and drafting/preparing legal documents.

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, or other businesses.

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Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I3
ENG 102College Composition II3
HST 101United States History to 18653
or HST 102 United States History from 1865 to the Present
ECO 140Introduction to Economics3
or ECO 151 Principles of Macroeconomics
PSC 101Introduction to American Politics3
or PSC 205 Constitutional Issues
Select one of the following3
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Work and Society
MTH Elective (BUS 103 recommended)3
XXX xxxScience or Math Elective 13
BLW 101Business Law I3
XXX xxxBusiness Electives6
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
Required Courses
LGL 104Introduction to Civil Trial Procedures3
LGL 108Introduction to Law for the Paralegal3
LGL 106Computers and the Law3
LGL 217Legal Research3
LGL 218Legal Writing3
Select 12 credit hours of the following:12
Wills, Trusts and Probate
Real Estate Law
Administrative Law
Family Law
Tort Law
Employment Law
Advanced Civil Litigation
Workplace Learning: Paralegal
Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal
Legal Research on the Internet
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Environmental Law
Administrative Law
Law Office Administration
Select 3 credit hours of electives 23
Total Credit Hours65

Select from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Math (100-200 level), Physical Science, Physics


(Business course recommended but not required.)