Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2017-18 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Paralegal Studies Career
Associate in Science, Liberal Studies
Bedford Campus - Evening • Lowell Campus - Day
The Paralegal Studies Career Associate in Science, Liberal Studies degree program prepares graduates for employment assisting lawyers in gathering and analyzing factual data, researching legal questions, and preparing legal documents. The program emphasizes solid academic and practice-oriented preparation in the field. The core curriculum in general education enhances the specialized knowledge gained in the concentration courses. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association.
Career and Transfer Outlook:
Paralegals (legal assistants) perform legal work under the supervision of a lawyer. They work in law firms, social service and government agencies, banks, health care organizations, large corporations and other businesses where lawyers need assistance. Graduates enter the job market directly or continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advisors work closely with students on specific program planning. Paralegals continue to be in a growth occupation with high demand in this region.
Successful completion of Introduction to Law (LGL 101) and English Composition I (ENG 101) is recommended before attempting other paralegal courses in the program. Students should plan on taking an internship course in preparation for the workplace.
Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Career program will achieve the learning outcomes of the Liberal Studies degree. Additionally, graduates are prepared to:
1. Identify sources of law in the American government system as implemented by the States and explain how law is made.
2. Work effectively as part of a team or individually, as appropriate.
3. Construct logical legal arguments in support or against specific positions and present their arguments in written and oral communications.
4. Develop, execute and implement an effective research plan to draft legal documents, including legal memoranda, court documents and forms.
5. Identify the legal and ethical principles that guide paralegal conduct and propose resolution of those ethical issues.
6. Prepare, create, and produce legal documents, to demonstrate proficiency in computer programs used in the legal profession, including spreadsheets, legal databases, and e-mail functions.