Paralegal Studies A.A.S.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Complete WRTG F111X  with a grade of C or better prior to admission to the program.

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Minimum Requirements for Paralegal A.A.S.: 60 credits

Note: The program curriculum is approved by the American Bar Association. Graduates are not authorized to provide direct legal services to the public. The paralegal studies program provides training for paralegals who are authorized to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a lawyer. The program does not train lawyers or legal administrators.

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
A.A.S. Degree Requirements
Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements.15
Paralegal Program Requirements
Complete the following:
JUST F110XIntroduction to Justice3
or PS F101X Introduction to American Government and Politics
PLS F102Introduction to Paralegal Studies3
PLS F105Ethics for Paralegals3
PLS F201Practical Paralegal Skills3
PLS F210Civil Procedure3
PLS F240Family Law3
PLS F260Legal Technology3
PLS F270Constitutional Law for Paralegals3
PLS F280Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals3
PLS F285Advanced Legal Writing3
PLS F299Paralegal Studies Internship3
Complete four of the following:12
Criminal Law for Paralegals
Contracts/Real Property
Applied Business Law I
Employment and Administrative Law
Probate Law
Any F200-level or higher JUST course
Total Credits60

Note: Students interested in the paralegal studies degree should consult the program coordinator before enrolling in paralegal courses. Transfer credits for paralegal courses completed at other institutions are subject to approval by the program coordinator. No more than 15 credit hours of paralegal courses completed at other institutions will be applied toward completion of the A.A.S. degree in paralegal studies at UAF.

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Road Maps

Road Maps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.

Some courses and milestones must be completed in the semester listed to ensure timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the road map.

This road map should be used in conjunction with regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor or mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ABUS F154 Human Relations (or department-approved Human Relations course) 3
ABUS F155 Business Math (or MATH F105 or higher) 3
Introduction to Justice
or Introduction to American Government and Politics
PLS F102 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
WRTG F111X Writing Across Contexts 3
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
or Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
or Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context
PLS F105 Ethics for Paralegals 3
PLS F201 Practical Paralegal Skills 3
PLS F215 Contracts/Real Property (or department-approved elective) 3
PLS F241 Business Law (or department-approved elective) 3
Second Year
PLS F210 Civil Procedure 3
PLS F240 Family Law 3
PLS F260 Legal Technology 3
PLS F270 Constitutional Law for Paralegals 3
PLS F280 Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals 3
PLS F203 Torts (or department-approved elective) 3
PLS F250 Probate Law (or department-approved elective) 3
PLS F285 Advanced Legal Writing 3
PLS F299 Paralegal Studies Internship 3
WRTG F212X Writing and the Professions 3
 Total Credits60

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating with this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Perform legal research using both print and computer-assisted methods.
  • Produce professional-quality documents, including letters, fact memorandum, pleadings, contracts, wills and similar documents.
  • Conduct client and witness interviews.
  • Engage in basic fact-finding and investigation.
  • Assist in case management, discovery, and trial preparation.
  • Apply substantive and procedural law to a reasoned analysis of the matter.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in use of legal technology, including electronic filing, case management and billing software.               
  • Recognize the ethical obligations of a paralegal and comply with the applicable rules of professional responsibility.