Paralegal Studies - Associate of Applied Science


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)


A two-year, associate of applied science degree in Paralegal Studies prepares the student for a dynamic career in the legal profession.  The student will receive training in case management and legal research as well as learn how to analyze and summarize data to assist attorneys in preparation for hearings, trials, closings, corporate meetings, and other legal functions.  The student will experience community learning opportunities that include job shadows, internships, and real-world projects.  *Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Career Opportunities

A successful paralegal finds fulfillment as a contributor in resolving difficult legal situations in behalf of families, non-profit organizations, law firms, government agencies, and corporations.  A variety of positions can be found in numerous industries including banking, insurance, healthcare, business, entertainment industry, real estate, and public agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Apply substantive and procedural law to a given set of facts, formulate arguments, and identify legal solutions
  • Practice professional and ethical standards appropriate to the legal profession
  • Perform legal research and summarize findings for supervising attorneys, clients, and/or the courts
  • Follow appropriate interviewing and investigational procedures with clients, witnesses, and industry professionals
  • Demonstrate professional skills necessary to a paralegal career, including oral and written communication and technology skills

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.



Religion Cornerstone Courses

Students must complete two of the following courses
Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & His Everlasting Gospel (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 275Teachings & Doctrine of The Book of Mormon (Cornerstone)

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:4

Religion Electives

Students must complete two additional religion courses
Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:4

Total Credit Hours: 8

College and Career Success

Complete both of the following
Course NumberTitleCredits
CAR 101College Success

1 credit

BAP 115Excel and Introduction to Technology

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:2


Students pursuing the paralegal AAS must complete 3 credits of PLS 299.
Course NumberTitleCredits
PLS 299Paralegal Internship

2-3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3
Note: PLS 299 will substitute for CAR 299 for students completing the AS degree in addition to the AAS degree. However, CAR 299 may not be a substitute for PLS 299.

College Fundamentals

Course NumberTitleCredits
COMM 122Interpersonal Communications

3 credits

ENG 101Introduction to College Writing

3 credits

MAT 107Quantitative Analysis and Personal Finance

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9
The MAT 107 requirement can also be satisfied by any math course higher than MAT 107

Program Core Courses

Program Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
CAR 201Career Success

1 credit

ENG 201Intermediate College Writing

3 credits

PLS 101Introduction to Law and Legal Careers

3 credits

PLS 110Legal Research/Writing I

3 credits

PLS 115Legal Research/Writing II

3 credits

PLS 120Evidence

2 credits

PLS 150Paralegal Computer Application

3 credits

PLS 160Ethics

2 credits

PLS 203Introduction to Civil Litigation

3 credits

PLS 205Contract Law

3 credits

PLS 210Torts

3 credits

PLS 215Bankruptcy Law

3 credits

PLS 220Family Law

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedures

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:38

Total Credit Hours: 60

Graduation Requirements

• Minimum of 60 total semester credit hours as outlined
• Grade of C or higher in ENG 101 and all PLS core courses
• Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0
• Two cornerstone religion courses, plus two additional religion courses

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance.

First Semester

CAR 101, College Success, 1 credit
COMM 122, Interpersonal Communications, 3 credits
ENG 101, Introduction to College Writing, 3 credits
PLS 101, Introduction to Law and Legal Careers, 3 credits
PLS 110, Legal Research/Writing I, 3 credits
REL, Cornerstone Religion course, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 15

Second Semester

BAP 115, Excel and Introduction to Technology, 1 credit
PLS 115, Legal Research/Writing II, 3 credits
PLS 120, Evidence, 2 credits
PLS 150, Paralegal Computer Application, 3 credits
PLS 160, Ethics, 2 credits
REL, Cornerstone Religion course, 2 credits

REL, Elective, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 16

Third Semester

CAR 201, Career Success, 1 credit

PLS 203, Introduction to Civil Litigation, 3 credits
PLS 205, Contract Law, 3 credits

PLS 210, Torts, 3 credits

PLS 215, Bankruptcy Law, 3 credits
REL, Elective, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 15

Fourth Semester

MAT 107, Quantitative Analysis & Personal Finance, 3 credits
ENG 201, Intermediate College Writing, 3 credits
PLS 220, Family Law, 3 credits

PLS 230, Criminal Law and Procedures, 3 credits

PLS 299, Paralegal Internship, 3 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 15

Total Paralegal Studies (AAS) Degree Minimum Credit Hours 60