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Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting)
Program Information
A.S. Degree - Code 2062 - Catalog 2014/2015
Linda Cupick, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3511
School of Applied Business, 386-506-3012
07/16/2014 M - 1871

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes Mission:
The mission of the Paralegal Studies Program is to provide students with a solid foundation in procedural and substantive areas of law including research, drafting legal documents, interviewing clients and witnesses, investigative techniques and managing law offices.

Description:
The program provides a solid foundation in procedural and substantive areas of law including research, drafting legal documents, interviewing clients and witnesses, investigative techniques, and managing law offices. Additionally, it prepares students to transfer to a four year program. It also provides eligible students with the necessary skills the students need to take the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal Examination offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants. "http://www.nala.org".

Graduates of this program are eligible to be enrolled in the Daytona State College, Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management program. Call (386) 506-4BAS or email BASinfo@daytonastate.edu for details.

Outcomes:
Graduates of the program will be able to:
1. Communicate in a clear and effective manner.
2. Identify and apply ethical and professional standards of the paralegal profession.
3. Demonstrate ability to utilize the law library and electronic legal research to create well-written legal documents.
4. Apply knowledge of tort law, constitutional law, and criminal law concepts to analyze factual situations.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of all phases of litigation practice and procedure.
6. Examine real property law and its application to real property transactions.
7. Analyze issues related to estate planning and probate administration concepts and their application to probate procedures.
8. Identify the fundamental principles of the law of business organizations.
9. Explain how contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code impacts individuals and business entities.
10. Demonstrate knowledge of entrepreneurship, management techniques and procedures.
11. Analyze family law situations by applying family law and procedure.
12. Identify and demonstrate employability skills.


Note: This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state bright futures.

Additional Admission Requirements Program specific courses require a "C" or better.

General Education Courses
Course Title    
   
... ... General Education Core - 18 Credits  
... ... Communications Core (6 credits)  
  SEM HRS  
ENC1101 Introduction to Composition   3.00
SPC2608 Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
   
... ... Science or Mathematics Core (3 credits)  
... ... Choose One Course  
  SEM HRS  
BSC1020 Human Biology   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
BSC1005 Survey of Biological Sciences (For Non-Science Majors)   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
MGF2106 Survey in Mathematics   3.00 Pre-Reqs: STA2023 OR MAC2233 OR MAC2313 OR MAC2312 OR MAC2311 OR MAC1114 OR MAC1140 OR MAC1105 OR MAT0028 OR MAT0022
MGF2107 Mathematics for Liberal Arts   3.00 Pre-Reqs: STA2023 OR MAC2233 OR MAC2313 OR MAC2312 OR MAC2311 OR MAC1114 OR MAC1140 OR MAC1105 OR MAT0022 OR MAT0028
MAC1105 College Algebra   3.00 Pre-Reqs: MAT1033
   
... ... Behavioral & Social Sciences Core (3 credits)  
... ... Choose One Course  
  SEM HRS  
PSY1012 General Psychology   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
   
... ... Humanities, Cultural & Aesthetic Core (3 credits)  
... ... Choose One Course  
  SEM HRS  
AML2050 Modern American Literature   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
AML2060 Contemporary American Literature   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
AML2600 Introduction to African American Literature   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
ARH1000 Art Appreciation   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
DAN1100 Dance Appreciation   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
ENL2931 Selected Topics in Shakespeare   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
HUM2210 Prehistory to Medieval Humanities   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
HUM2230 Renaissance to Postmodern Humanities   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
LIT2040 Dramatic Literature   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
LIT2110 Masterpieces of World Literature I   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
LIT2120 Masterpieces of World Literature II   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
LIT2380 Literature By Women   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
LIT2602 Maritime Literature   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
MUH2110 Introduction to Music History and Literature   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101 Pre-Reqs: MUT1121 AND MUT1121L
MUL1010 Music Appreciation   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
MUL2380 Popular Music in America   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
THE1000 Dramatic Appreciation   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
   
... ... Political, Economic & Business Core (3 credits)  
  SEM HRS  
GEB2430 Business Ethics   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101

Note: Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory/developmental course work. See an Academic Advisor to determine developmental course requirements.

Program Specific Courses
Course Title    
  SEM HRS  
BUL2241 Business Law I   3.00
BUL2242 Business Law II   3.00
ISM2000 Business Information Processing   3.00
OST11411 Keyboarding  OR
OST2828 Business Presentation Software   1.00
OST1435 Legal Terminology   3.00
PLA1003 Introduction to Paralegal   3.00
OST2431 Legal Keyboarding and Office Procedures   3.00 Pre-Reqs: OST1141 OR OST1100
PLA1103 Legal Writing and Research I   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101 AND PLA1003
PLA1610 Real Estate Law and Property   3.00
PLA1800 Law of Domestic Relations   3.00
PLA2114 Legal Writing and Research II   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101 AND PLA1103
PLA2200 Introduction to Litigation, Torts and Evidence   3.00 Pre-Reqs: BUL2241 AND ENC1101
PLA2303 Criminal Law and the Paralegal   3.00
PLA2460 Bankruptcy Law   3.00
PLA2600 Probate Administration   3.00 Pre-Reqs: BUL2241 AND PLA1003
PLA2763 Law Office Management  OR
PLA2949 Cooperative Education Experience in Legal Assisting   3.00

Sample Program of Study
Course Title    
   
... ... FIRST YEAR  
... ... 1st Semester  
  SEM HRS  
BUL2241 Business Law I   3.00
ENC1101 Introduction to Composition   3.00
OST11411 Keyboarding  OR
OST2828 Business Presentation Software   1.00
OST1435 Legal Terminology   3.00
PLA1003 Introduction to Paralegal   3.00
   
... ... 2nd Semester  
  SEM HRS  
PLA1103 Legal Writing and Research I   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101 AND PLA1003
PLA1800 Law of Domestic Relations   3.00
... ... Science or Mathematics Core   3.00
BUL2242 Business Law II   3.00
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology  OR Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
PSY1012 General Psychology   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
   
... ... Summer Semester  
  SEM HRS  
ISM2000 Business Information Processing   3.00
   
... ... SECOND YEAR  
... ... 1st Semester  
  SEM HRS  
SPC2608 Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101
PLA2200 Introduction to Litigation, Torts and Evidence   3.00 Pre-Reqs: BUL2241 AND ENC1101
PLA2303 Criminal Law and the Paralegal   3.00
PLA1610 Real Estate Law and Property   3.00
PLA2114 Legal Writing and Research II   3.00 Pre-Reqs: ENC1101 AND PLA1103
   
... ... 2nd Semester  
  SEM HRS  
PLA2460 Bankruptcy Law   3.00
OST2431 Legal Keyboarding and Office Procedures   3.00 Pre-Reqs: OST1141 OR OST1100
PLA2600 Probate Administration   3.00 Pre-Reqs: BUL2241 AND PLA1003
GEB2430 Business Ethics   3.00 Co-Reqs: ENC1101
... ... Humanities, Cultural & Aesthetic Core   3.00
PLA2763 Law Office Management  OR
PLA2949 Cooperative Education Experience in Legal Assisting   3.00
   
TOTAL  ...   64.00

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.


Notes It is recommended that the above sequence of courses be followed.

1. Students with the ability to type at least 25wpm may take the APLE typing test to test out of OST1141 or have the option of taking OST2828.
2. Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) Statement: Paralegals cannot give legal advice, represent a client, or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
3. Most public service agencies and some law firms require the student to undergo a drug screening and a criminal background check prior to placement in legal departments. A student whose drug screening and criminal background check is deemed unsatisfactory may be denied an internship, a cooperative education experience and/or future employment for any of these organizations.


2014-2015 College Catalog. To view previous catalogs, please click here.