Associate of Applied Science
The following program of study is designed to develop the specific skills and abilities required for success in the paralegal career field. Completion of this program leads to the associate of applied science degree.
Certificate of Completion
It's the policy of the paralegal program at LCCC that students may transfer no more than six (6) semester hours of legal specialty courses from another institution’s program and that program must be approved by the American Bar Association. At this time, LCCC’s Paralegal Program does not award legal specialty credit by examination.
About the Career
About the Program
The primary goal of the paralegal program is to provide students with the technical skills and knowledge necessary for them to perform successfully and ethically as paralegals under the supervision of attorneys in a variety of legal settings.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to perform legal research in a variety of fields using both traditional and computer-assisted methods; to draft pleadings, discovery and other legal documents, legal correspondence, and legal memoranda; to demonstrate substantive knowledge of at least three areas of practice; to demonstrate an understanding of the ethical rules governing both attorneys and paralegals in the jurisdiction; and to demonstrate the analytical and judgmental abilities necessary for ethical decision-making in a legal environment.
The paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Majors must be careful to check with an advisor before enrolling for general education courses since some additional course work may be required.
Program objectives include providing students with appropriate general education to meet state statutory requirements and to develop the student’s communication, quantitative, analytical, and technological skills; preparing students to perform legal and factual research using traditional and computer-assisted methods; preparing students to draft a variety of legal documents and correspondence; preparing students to effectively interview clients and witnesses; providing students with an understanding of the evolving paralegal field and career opportunities within that field; providing students with the skills needed to assist an attorney with the investigation and litigation process; providing students with an understanding of the legal system and the modern practice of law; and providing students with an understanding of the ethical rules governing the practice of law and the behaviors and judgment necessary to perform paralegal duties in a manner ethically consistent with those rules.