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Paralegal Studies

Associate of Applied Science

Specializations:
General Practice
Litigation

PURPOSE: There is a need in the greater Richmond area and throughout Virginia for paralegals. There is a need to train those who are presently employed in legal secretarial or legal assistant positions who wish to become paralegals. The Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to meet these educational needs by preparing individuals to perform as legal assistants or paralegals under the supervision of an attorney. The program is approved by the American Bar Association.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Paralegal for private law firms, administrative agencies, other governmental agencies, mortgage companies, title insurance companies, and corporations

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: It is strongly recommended that students meet with the program head before registering for classes, or as early as possible in their first semester of enrollment. Students with developmental studies course recommendations resulting from the English placement test must complete those courses prior to admission to any Paralegal Studies (LGL) course. Students placed in co-requisites ENF 3 and ENG 111 must complete those courses either prior to or concurrently with LGL 110. Any student who receives a final grade lower than “C” in any of the courses in the Paralegal Studies curriculum must obtain permission from the program head to continue as a student in the Paralegal Studies program. Students will be required by the program head to repeat LGL-prefix courses and ENG 111-112 courses where grades below “C” are received. Legal assistants, paralegals, and other non-lawyers are prohibited from practicing law without a license. Paralegals and legal assistants may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115, Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts. Students can also meet this requirement by successfully passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

TRANSFER OF LEGAL SPECIALTY COURSES: The Paralegal Studies program accepts the transfer of legal specialty course credits completed at other institutions as long as such institution is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting body, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A legal specialty course is a course that (1) covers substantive law or legal procedures or process, (2) has been developed for paralegals, (3) emphasizes practical paralegal skills, and (4) meets other guidelines of the American Bar Association. The following courses are legal specialty courses: LGL 117 - Family Law, LGL 125 - Legal Research, LGL 126 - Legal Writing, LGL 216 - Trial Preparation and Discovery Practice, LGL 221 - E-Practice, LGL 222 - Information Technology for the Paralegal, LGL 226 - Real Estate Abstracting, LGL 228 - Real Estate Settlement Practicum, LGL 235 - Legal Aspects of Business Organizations, LGL 225 - Estate Planning and Probate, and LGL 238 - Bankruptcy.  Credits from another institution for legal specialty courses will only be awarded if delivered in a traditional format, meet the guidelines of a legal specialty course as defined by the American Bar Association, and approved by the Paralegal Studies program head. Students may have to submit their work product before approval will be granted. In all cases, the grade for such course must be “C” or better, and no such credit will be given to any courses awarded at an institution outside of the United States. No credit by examination or portfolio is allowed for legal specialty coursework, and no more than fifty percent (50%) of legal specialty credits required by the Paralegal Studies program shall be accepted for transfer credit.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

LGL 110

Introduction to Law and the Paralegal

3

0

3

LGL 117

Family Law

3

0

3

LGL 125

Legal Research

3

0

3

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

TOTAL

16-17

0-2

17

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

LGL 126

Legal Writing

3

0

3

LGL 218

Criminal Law

3

0

3

LGL 235

Legal Aspects of Business Organizations

3

0

3

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

ITE 1152

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

18

0

18



 

CURRICULUM:
General Practice Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

LGL 2223

Information Technology for the Paralegal

3

0

3

MTH 120

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

LGL 210

Virginia and Federal Procedure

3

0

3

LGL 228

Real Estate Settlement Practicum

3

0

3

CST 100 or 
CST 110

Principles of Public Speaking or Introduction to Speech Communication

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

LGL 225

Estate Planning and Probate

3

0

3

LGL 226

Real Estate Abstracting

3

0

3

LGL 238

Bankruptcy

3

0

3

LGL 2904

Coordinated Internship

0

12

3

LGL 200

Ethics for the Paralegal

1

0

1

___ ___5

Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

13

12

16

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Paralegal Studies, General Practice Specialization 66

 

CURRICULUM:
Litigation Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. 
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

LGL 2223

Information Technology for the Paralegal

3

0

3

LGL 210

Virginia and Federal Procedure

3

0

3

LGL 215

Torts

3

0

3

LGL 216

Trial Preparation and Discovery Practice

3

0

3

MTH 120

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

LGL 2216

E-Practice

3

0

3

LGL 220

Administrative Practice and Procedure

3

0

3

LGL 2904

Coordinated Internship

0

12

3

LGL 200

Ethics for the Paralegal

1

0

1

CST 100 or 
CST 110

Principles of Public Speaking or Introduction to Speech Communication

3

0

3

___ ___5

Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

13

12

16

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Paralegal Studies, Litigation Specialization 66

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1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

2 Keyboarding skills are a prerequisite for ITE 115.

3 LGL 125 and ITE 115 are prerequisites for this course.

4 Must be taken at the end of the program; approval of the program head is required.

5 Prior to selecting an elective, students planning to seek a bachelor’s degree should acquaint themselves with the requirements for the major at the college or university to which transfer is intended. Students in the Litigation Specialization should consider taking HLT 143, Medical Terminology, as their approved elective.

6 LGL 210 and LGL 216 are prerequisites for LGL 221.

LEGAL ASSISTING (PARALEGAL STUDIES)

LGL 110 Introduction to Law and the Paralegal 3 cr.

Introduces various areas of law in which a paralegal may be employed. Includes study of the court system (Virginia and federal); a brief overview of criminal law, torts, family law, evidence, the U.C.C., contracts, and ethics; the role of the paralegal; and other areas of interest.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ENG 111 or permission of instructor.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 117 Family Law 3 cr.

Studies elements of a valid marriage, grounds for divorce and annulment, separation, defenses, custody, support, adoptions, and applicable tax consequences. Includes property settlement agreements, pre- and ante-nuptial agreements, pleadings, and rules of procedure. May include specific federal and Virginia consumer laws.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 125 Legal Research 3 cr.

Provides an understanding of various components of a law library, and emphasizes research skills through the use of digests, encyclopedias, reporter systems, codes, citations, ALR, and other research tools. May include research through electronic databases, overview of computer applications, and writing projects.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 126 Legal Writing 3 cr.

Studies proper preparation of various legal documents, including legal memoranda, letters, and pleadings. Involves practical applications. May include case and appellate briefs.Prerequisites: ENG 111 or permission of instructor and LGL 125.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 200 Ethics for the Paralegal 1 cr.

Examines general principles of ethical conduct applicable to paralegals. Includes the application of rules of ethics to the practicing paralegal.Lecture 1 hour per week.

LGL 210 Virginia and Federal Procedure 3 cr.

Examines in-depth the rules of procedure in Virginia and federal court systems, including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Practice and Procedure in the District Court, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Virginia.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 215 Torts 3 cr.

Studies fundamental principles of the law of torts and may include preparation and use of pleadings and other documents involved in the trial of a civil action. Emphasizes intentional torts, negligence, personal injury, products liability, and malpractice cases.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 216 Trial Preparation and Discovery Practice 3 cr.

Examines the trial process, including the preparation of a trial notebook, pretrial motions, and orders. Includes preparation of interrogatories, depositions, and other discovery tools used in assembling evidence in preparation for trial or an administrative hearing.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 218 Criminal Law 3 cr.

Focuses on major crimes, including their classification, elements of proof, intent, conspiracy, responsibility, parties, and defenses. Emphasizes Virginia law. May include general principles of applicable constitutional law and criminal procedure.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 220 Administrative Practice and Procedure 3 cr.

Surveys applicable administrative laws, including the Privacy Act, the Administrative Process Act, and Freedom of Information Act. Studies practice and procedure involving the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, State Corporation Commission, Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission, Social Security Administration, Virginia Employment Commission, and other administrative agencies.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 221 E-Practice 3 cr.

Prepares students to electronically file (e-file) in federal court, state court, and appropriate administrative agencies. Provides the student with the proper information on electronic discovery (e-discovery), including how data are requested, located, and searched in the course of litigation. Focuses on the proper process required to be in conformance with the appropriate laws.Prerequisites: LGL 210 and LGL 216.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 222 Information Technology for the Paralegal 3 cr.

Provides extensive instruction on technology in the law office, including word processing tools, spreadsheet programs, database management systems, office management programs, case management programs, electronic mail, the cloud, and the use of the Internet in the practice of law.Prerequisite: ITE 115 or faculty approval.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 225 Estate Planning and Probate 3 cr.

Introduces various devices used to plan an estate, including wills, trusts, joint ownership, and insurance. Considers various plans in light of family situations and estate objectives. Focuses on practices involving administration of an estate, including taxes and preparation of forms.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 226 Real Estate Abstracting 3 cr.

Reviews aspects of abstracting title to real estate and recordation of land transactions, liens, grantor-grantee indices, warranties, covenants, restrictions, and easements.Prerequisite: LGL 228 or permission of program head.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 228 Real Estate Settlement Practicum 3 cr.

Focuses on methods and practices in administrative area of real estate closings, back title information, preliminary report from attorney's title notes, lender's requirements, payoffs, HUD-1 settlement statement, real estate taxes, interest, escrow, disbursement, and release of liens of record.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 235 Legal Aspects of Business Organizations 3 cr.

Studies fundamental principles of agency law and the formation of business organizations. Includes sole proprietorship, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and other business entities. Reviews preparation of the documents necessary for the organization and operation of businesses.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 238 Bankruptcy 3 cr.

Provides a practical understanding of nonbankruptcy alternatives and the laws of bankruptcy, including Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. Emphasizes the preparation of petitions, schedules, statements, and other forms.Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 290 Coordinated Internship in Legal Assisting 3 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training in selected business, industrial, or service firms coordinated by the college.Laboratory 12 hours per week


Name Program Email Phone
Susan Brewer Paralegal Studies AAS - General Practice Specialization SBrewer@reynolds.edu 804/523-5605
Susan Brewer Paralegal Studies AAS - Litigation Specialization SBrewer@reynolds.edu 804/523-5605

 

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Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 249

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $32,000 - $77,200


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Projected number of jobs by 2026: 1,573

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $35,900 - $57,300


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Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 330

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $31,900 - $39,900


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