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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Paralegal Studies Transfer

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Associate in Science, Liberal Studies

Bedford Campus - Evening  •  Lowell Campus - Day

 Program Description:


The Paralegal Studies Transfer Associate in Science, Liberal Studies degree prepares students for work in the paralegal profession. The degree prepares graduates to transfer to bachelor degree programs on a full- or part-time basis. Graduates of the program may either continue their education or enter the work force directly as a paralegal. The degree prepares graduates for employment assisting lawyers in gathering and analyzing factual data, researching legal questions, and preparing legal documents. This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state universities and the University of Massachusetts. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association.


Career and Transfer Outlook:


Paralegals (legal assistants) may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. They work in law firms, social service and government agencies, banks, health care organizations, large corporations and other businesses where lawyers need assistance. Paralegal continues to be a growth occupation with high demand in this area. Graduates may enter the job market directly or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program on a full- or part-time basis.


Helpful Hints:

Successful completion of Introduction to Law (LGL101) and English Composition I (ENG101) is recommended before beginning other paralegal courses in the program.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Transfer 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.


Required Courses

Total Credits: 61-62

♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

Note about course sequencing and online courses: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to consult the academic map and meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing. Some courses may be taken in the online format. At least 10 credits of the legal specialty courses must be taken in a traditional face-to-face format. Specific hands-on assignments are included in our legal specialty courses as part of the essential training for a paralegal.


 To review MCC’s policy for transfer of Legal Specialty Courses, please refer to the Paralegal Studies Department website at www.middlesex.mass.edu/paralegal 

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