Associate in Science, Liberal Studies
Bedford Campus - Evening and Lowell Campus - Day
The Paralegal Studies Transfer Associate in Science, Liberal Studies degree program is designed to prepare 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. Paralegals (legal assistants) assist 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 colleges and the University of Massachusetts.
Career and Transfer Outlook:
Graduates of this program are prepared as paralegals (legal assistants) to 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. 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.
Successful completion of Introduction to Law (LGL101) and English Composition I (ENG101) is recommended before beginning other paralegal courses in the program. Students are required to complete at least 10 credits in the traditional classroom setting in order to graduate.
Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Transfer 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.
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 verifying that 10 credits have been taken in this manner.