Paralegal Studies - Associate in Science

Curriculum Code: 280

Program Information
This program offers a combination of general education and paralegal courses that prepares graduates to meet the growing demand for trained paralegals in law offices, casinos, real estate offices, probation departments, prosecutors’ offices, insurance companies and private businesses. What is a paralegal? According to the American Bar Association: assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. A paralegal may not practice law, give legal advice or represent clients in a court of law. A paralegal may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

When You Graduate
When You Graduate AS programs are primarily designed for students who plan to transfer as juniors at four- year colleges and universities. CCC graduates have obtained bachelor’s degrees and beyond from every college in New Jersey and scores of colleges and universities throughout America. Cumberland has transfer agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities. As a graduate of a fully accredited community college, your coursework will be received with full credit transfer at most state colleges, public and private universities across the country. The NJ Lampitt bill passed in 2008 by the NJ State legislature assures seamless transfer of credits toward junior standing at NJ state colleges and universities.

Upon completion of this program, student should be able to:
•Identify an ethical dilemma that might face a paralegal in the workplace and use all resources including statutes, court opinions and ethical rules to resolve the dilemma. •Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the American legal system. •Locate and apply the appropriate federal or state rules of the court that govern a specific issue. •Identify a legal issue in a fact pattern and perform print and electronic research to resolve the issue and prepare a legal memorandum. •Prepare for interview of a client, witness or expert, including consideration of culture and accommodation issues; conduct the interview; obtain all necessary releases and memorialize the interview in an appropriate format. •Demonstrate an understanding of the organization and operation of law offices and other venues in which paralegals are employed.


Employment Opportunities:
Paralegals under the direction of attorneys in law firms, legal departments of large corporations, insurance companies, title companies, legal service companies and federal, state or local governmental agencies

Program Requirements (34)
Credits
AC
103
Accounting Principles I
4
BU
109
Business Law I
3
PL
101
Introduction to the Legal System
3
PL
104
Introduction to Legal Research & Writing
3
PL
105
Civil Litigation
3
PL
203
Mechanics of Property Transaction
3
PL
205
Principles of Family Law
3
PL
206
Administration of Estates
3
PL
208
Legal Office Management
3
PL
210
Practicum
3
PL
221
Advanced Legal Research & Writing
3

General Education Requirements (31-32)
Credits
Diversity Elective
3
Humanities Elective
3
Humanities Elective
3
Social Science Elective
3
Science Elective
3
Mathematics Elective
3-4
CS
101
Introduction to Microcomputers or
CS
102
Applications on the Microcomputer
3
EN
101
English Composition I
3
EN
102
English Composition II
3
PS
201
American Federal Government or
PS
203
State & Local Government
3

Total Credits: (65-66)