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The Paralegal Studies program prepares you to handle substantive legal work in order to effectively assist your attorney supervisor. As a paralegal, you may be involved in assisting attorneys with trials, evidence gathering, litigation procedure, and a variety of other important tasks.

PROGRAM CODE: 27013 // TOTAL CREDITS: 64

General Education Core Requirements (18 credits)
Course Course Title Credit Hours
ENC 1101 English Composition 1 3 credits
ENC 1102 English Composition 2 3 credits (Pre-Req: ENC 1101)
PHI 2604 Critical Thinking and Ethics 3 credits (Pre-Req: ENC 1101)
CLP 1006 Psychology of Personal Effectiveness 3 credits
PSC 1515 Energy in the Natural Environment 3 credits
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 credits (Pre-Req: ENC 1101)
Major Course Requirements (43 credits)
Course Course Title Credit Hours
DPV 084 Law Center New Student Orientation 0 credits (Co-Req: PLA 2003)*
PLA 2003 Fundamentals of Law 3 credits (Pre- or Co-Req: ENC 1101)
PLA 2104 Legal Research 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2003)
PLA 2114 Legal Writing 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2104)
PLA 2203 Trial Preparation   3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2114)
PLA 2223 Trial Practice and Appeals 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2203)
PLA 2273 Torts 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2203)
PLA 2303 Criminal Law & Litigation 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2203)
PLA 2600 Wills, Trusts, & Estates 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2203 & REE 2040)
PLA 2763 Law Office Management 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2203)
PLA 2800 Family Law 3 credits (Pre-Req: PLA 2203)
BUL 2241 Business Law 1 3 credits
BUL 2242 Business Law 2 3 credits (Pre-Req: BUL 2241)
REE 2040 Real Estate Principles and Practices 4 credits
PLA 1949 Paralegal Studies Practicum (or) 3 credits (Exit Course)**
PLA 2940 Paralegal Studies Internship 3 credits (Exit Course)**
Legal Specialty Seminar Requirements (3 credits)
The student must complete two (2) credits from the following group:
Course Course Title Credit Hours
PLA 2931 Legal Seminar:  Ethics 1 credit (Pre-Req: PLA 2114)+
PLA 2932 Legal Seminar:  CALR 1 credit (Pre-Req: PLA 2114)+
The student must complete one (1) credit from the following group:
PLA 2933 Legal Seminar: Real Estate Closing 1 credit (Pre-Req: PLA 2114 & REE 2040)+
PLA 2934 Legal Seminar: Immigration Law 1 credit (Pre-Req: PLA 2114)+
PLA 2935 Legal Seminar: Intellectual Property Law 1 credit (Pre-Req: PLA 2114)+

It is necessary to see a Law Center advisor prior to beginning the program and before registering each term. Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree should also consult with a Law Center advisor to learn more about MDC's dual A.A./A.S. degree track.

For more information, please contact The Law Center at 305-237-7813.

NOTES:

*All students enrolled in PLA 2003 are required to register for DPV 084 (Law Center New Student Orientation seminar).

**This is an exit level course to be taken during the last term in the program. Students must meet with a Law Center advisor in order to register for these exit courses.

+Students must take at least three (3) credits of required legal seminars. PLA 2931 and PLA 2932 are mandatory for all students. Students may choose either PLA 2933, PLA 2934 or PLA 2935 for their third seminar. The legal seminars can only be completed during the last year of the program, and requires department approval in order to register.

#All graduates must be proficient in word processing, database management, and spreadsheet skills to be competitive in the job market. Therefore students are required to take CGS 1060 (Intro to Microcomputer Usage). Students who have prior training/experience in computers may opt to take the CSP (Computer Skills Placement Test) in lieu of enrolling in CGS 1060. A passing score of at least 70 on the CSP shall fulfill the CGS 1060 requirement. Paralegal Studies students may need to take additional computer courses since the job market requires proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and database systems.