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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 concomitant need to train those who are presently employed in legal secretarial 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 or Legal Assistant 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, the program is approved by the American Bar Association, and the program head determines that the course objectives and practical skills are comparable to the course offered by the Paralegal Studies program at Reynolds. For any specialty credits awarded at an institution that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting body, but not approved by the American Bar Association, such credits must also be from an institution within the Virginia Community College System or be awarded from an institution that has an articulation agreement with Reynolds. In all cases, the grade for such course must be a “C” or better, and no such credit will be given to any courses awarded at an institution outside of the United States. No credit will be awarded from an institution not accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. 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:

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 Legal Assistant

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 2953

Information Systems 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 Legal Assistant

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 Legal Assistant

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 to LGL 221.