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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies Career

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Associate in Science, Liberal Studies

Bedford Campus - Evening and Lowell Campus - Day

Program Description:

The Paralegal Studies 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.

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.

Helpful Hints:

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.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies program will achieve the learning outcomes of the Liberal Studies degree. Additionally, graduates are prepared to:

  • Construct logical arguments in support of specific positions and evaluate their arguments;

  • Work effectively as part of a team and individually, as appropriate;

  • Prepare and carry out an effective legal research plan using both print and electronic sources of law;

  • Understand the legal process and the nature of law practice, emphasizing the role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical principles that guide paralegal conduct and the ability to identify and resolve ethical issues.


Total Credits: 60-61

*Must be above MAT 070
**If math, must be above MAT 070
♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

Service-Learning: Students are encouraged to gain experience in community organizations by participating in Service-Learning opportunities offered in courses throughout the degree program.

Note: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing. At least 10 credits of the Legal Specialty courses must be taken in a traditional face-to-face format. Students will be asked to complete an affidavit at the time of graduation.

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