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Criminal Justice & Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
(Approved by the American Bar Association)

Program Overview with Course Requirements

  • Paralegal Studies - Program Requirements
    (Click on this link for the Catalog information. From the Catalog, click on the red Print Options at the top of the Navigation Bar to print a PDF copy of this program).

Note: Paralegals cannot give legal advice, represent a client, or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Program Description

As the legal system becomes more and more complex, lawyers are increasingly turning to qualified Paralegals to provide essential support services. The paralegal is one of the lawyer's most valuable resources, performing substantive legal work delegated and supervised by the lawyer - including assisting with trial preparation and real estate closings, drafting legal documents and performing research.

Through Valencia's A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies, students will develop a strong background in areas such as civil litigation, real property, business organizations, legal research and legal technology. Paralegal students will also gain an understanding of the ethical framework within which they work and be able to effectively analyze and communicate in these areas.

Students may choose to specialize in two areas: Litigation or Transactional.

Potential Careers and Employers

  • Careers: Legal Assistants or Paralegals
  • Employers: Graduates are prepared as lay employees assisting lawyers in firms, banks, corporations and government agencies.

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