Paralegal Studies AAS
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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 EDE 11 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.

CURRICULUM:
Paralegal AAS - General Practice Specialization

Order

Course

Title

Credits

1

SDV 100 College Success Skills 1

2

ENG 111 College Composition I 3

3

ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3

4

LGL 110 Introduction to Law and the Paralegal 3

5

LGL 200 Ethics for the Paralegal 1

6

LGL 125 Legal Research 3

7

ENG 112 College Composition II 3

8

LGL 117 Family Law 3

9

______1 Personal Wellness Elective 1

10

______2 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3

11

LGL 218 Criminal Law 3

12

LGL 126 Legal Writing 3

13

______3 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

14

MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning 3

15

LGL 235 Legal Aspects of Business Organizations 3

16

LGL 222 Information Technology for the Paralegal 3

17

LGL 210 Virginia and Federal Procedure 3

18

LGL 228 Real Estate Settlement Practicum 3

19

LGL 225 Estate Planning and Probate 3

20

LGL 226 Real Estate Abstracting  3

21

LGL 238 Bankruptcy 3

22

______4 Elective 3

23

CST 100
or
CST 110
Principles of Public Speaking
or
Introduction to Communication
3

24

LGL 290 Coordinated Internship 3

TOTAL

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science - General Practice Specialization   66

 02.11.20

1 HLT 105, HLT 106, PED 111, PED 137, PED 109

2 ECO 120, PLS 211, SOC 200

3 HUM 100, PHI 220, PHI 111

4 LGL 215, LGL 216, HLT 143

 

CURRICULUM:
Paralegal AAS - Litigation Specialization

Order

Course

Title

Credits

1

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

2

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

3

ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3

4

LGL 110 Introduction to Law and the Paralegal 3

5

LGL 200 Ethics for the Paralegal 1

6

LGL 125 Legal Research 3

7

ENG 112  College Composition II 3

8

LGL 117 Family Law 3

9

______1 Personal Wellness Elective 1

10

______2 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3

11

LGL 218 Criminal Law 3

12

LGL126 Legal Writing 3

13

______3 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

14

MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning 3

15

LGL 235 Legal Aspects of Business Organizations 3

16

LGL 222 Information Technology for the Paralegal 3

17

LGL 210 Virginia and Federal Procedure 3

18

LGL 215 Torts 3

19

LGL 216 Trial Preparation and Discovery Practice 3

20

LGL 220 Administrative Practice and Procedure 3

21

CST 100
or
CST 110
Principles of Public Speaking
or
Introduction to Communication
3

22

LGL 221 E-Practice 3

23

______4 Elective 3

24

LGL 290 Coordinated Internship 3

TOTAL

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science - Litigation Specialization  66

02.11.20

1 HLT 105, HLT 106, PED 111, PED 137, PED 109, DIT 121

2 PLS 211, SOC 200

3 HUM 100, PHI 220, PHI 111

4 LGL 225, LGL 238, HLT 143

 


Name Program Email Phone
Melissa Brooks Paralegal Studies AAS - General Practice Specialization MBrooks@reynolds.edu 804/523-5605
Melissa Brooks Paralegal Studies AAS - Litigation Specialization MBrooks@reynolds.edu 804/523-5605

 

Common Job Titles1: Titles not available for this occupation.


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 887

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $47,200 - $110,700


Common Job Titles1: Certified Paralegal; Corporate Law Assistant; Law Associate; Legal Analyst; Legal Assistant; Litigation Paralegal; Paralegal; Paralegal Assistant; Paralegal Specialist; Real Estate Paralegal


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 2,184

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $35,800 - $57,800


Common Job Titles1: Abstracter; Abstractor; Commercial Title Examiner; Searcher; Title Abstractor; Title Agent; Title Department Manager; Title Examiner; Title Officer; Title Searcher


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 312

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $24,100 - $61,500


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029).

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.