Paralegal Studies

Language

English / Spanish

Learning Model

Online / Hybrid

Application fee

$100

Estimated cost

$6.000

Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to understand the education and training required of a paralegal and recognize the guidelines and ethical responsibilities of the profession and the importance of legal research and writing.

Students will acquire the necessary skills to draft basic legal documents such as complaints, answers, and contracts, interview clients, conduct independent research of legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda.

Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to understand the education and training required of a paralegal and recognize the guidelines and ethical responsibilities of the profession and the importance of legal research and writing.

Students will acquire the necessary skills to draft basic legal documents such as complaints, answers, and contracts, interview clients, conduct independent research of legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda.

Application fee

$100

Estimated cost

$6.000

Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to understand the education and training required of a paralegal and recognize the guidelines and ethical responsibilities of the profession and the importance of legal research and writing.

Students will acquire the necessary skills to draft basic legal documents such as complaints, answers, and contracts, interview clients, conduct independent research of legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda.

  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of student’s professional goals
  • TOEFL®️ scores (applies to foreign  students registering for programs taught in English)

OBJECTIVE:

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree program is designed to provide graduates with the fundamental legal knowledge and ability to prepare legal documents, contracts, and other legal material. Graduates are prepared to draft routine pleadings, interview clients, conduct independent research of non–legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

  • Work in the legal field for law firms, banks, corporations, and government agencies in the performance of delegated substantive legal services, under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
  • Instruction in the substantive and procedural law necessary to function in the legal environment under the direction and supervision of attorneys in areas such as civil litigation, real estate, legal research and writing, business organizations, and legal technology.
  • They will understand the ethical framework within which they will work, analyze and communicate effectively in these areas.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal advice, represent a client, or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Learning Models

Online

The on-line educational model in which educational platforms are connected to the Internet or Intranet. Through these platforms, there is information, planning, and communication systems, which allows professors and students to participate in virtual classrooms with various tools and learning applications, curriculum development, and evaluation including training materials, research, and links to other educational resources.

Academic activities take place asynchronously where the professors and students do not attend simultaneously to develop educational activities. Also, academic activities take place online or synchronously where there is simultaneous attendance for interaction between professors and students.

100%

Online

Hybrid

The hybrid educational model is characterized by systematically combining the in-person modality with virtual modality, based on television, radio, digital, and telephone physical resources, technological tools, and the interaction between professors and students. The educational platforms can be developed totally or partially autonomously by the students, that is, without requiring the presence or permanent guidance of the professor during its development.

50%

Online

50%

In Person

Total hours of classes

900 h

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Number of class hours

900 h

General education:

This course provides a current perspective on the ethical behavior of organizations and how they intervene the immediate reality through the development of proposals based on principles of social responsibility. This knowledge provides the tools to intervene positively and consciously in individuals, organizations, and the community both locally and globally.

Prerequisito: Ninguno

3 credits

This course includes the following topics: algebraic equations and inequalities; the concept of function and its related topics; It emphasizes the characteristics of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, their properties, and graphs. Absolute value and radical functions. Composite and inverse functions.

Prerequisito: Ninguno

3 credits

This course focuses on the basic elements of Composition and writing, for students to gain the writing skills necessary to express their ideas in accordance with the different forms used on academic environment. It will emphasize the importance of effective written communication in personal and professional contexts and provides the tools to identify effective strategies through critical analysis of written works, including strategies for planning, drafting, revising, and editing.

Prerequisito: Ninguno

3 credits

This introductory course focuses on the study of human behavior and the factors that influence it, as well as the cognitive, affective and personality aspects that make it up. The knowledge acquired by students will provide them with a holistic view of human being and the fundamentals for understanding the foundations of the behavioral sciences.

3 credits

The purpose of this course is allowing students to understand their role in society and making them capable of interpreting the social behavior. This course provides students with a basic understanding of how the society and working group’s function.

3 credits

This course includes the following basic topics of statistics: Data, absolute and relative frequency, and Graphic representations. Measures of central tendency, measures of position and dispersion. Linear correlation. Elements of inferential statistics. Parameter estimation and hypothesis testing. Use of computing tools to address statistics problems.

Prerequisito: Ninguno

3 credits

Basic courses:

This course offers an introduction to the American legal system and the paralegal profession, including the functions of a paralegal, ethical principles, federal and state court structures, litigation, sources of law, legal research and reasoning, investigation and interviewing, law office management, employment strategies and career perspectives.

3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of legal research. Students will learn how to locate, analyze and cite to federal and state cases, statutes, constitutions, and secondary sources. Instruction is given on utilizing both print materials and online resources.

3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of legal writing. Students will prepare case briefs that demonstrate legal reasoning, proper punctuation, grammar and clarity of expression.

3 credits

This course focuses on the role of the paralegal in litigation. The course examines the various instruments used in the litigation process, and prepares the students to draft these documents and prepare a trial notebook. Students acquire practice in writing interrogatories and learn to summarize depositions. They also become familiar with the Rules of Civil Procedure.

3 credits

In this course, students will examine the differences between jury and bench trials, the trial process, and the role of the litigation paralegal who assists the attorney in the preparation for trial.

3 credits

This course focuses on the fundamental concepts of tort law, including intentional torts, negligence, trespass, strict liability, personal injury, mental distress, as well as commonly employed defenses.

3 credits

This course introduces students to the practice of criminal law. Emphasis is placed on criminal procedure from arrest to the appeals process. Case law and case studies will be used to examine prosecution, defense, and appellate processes. There will be discussions regarding the doctrine of criminal liability, the classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare, criminal culpability, and defenses to crime.

3 credits

Wills, Trusts and Estates is a study of the laws governing wills and intestate succession. The course provides practice in drafting a simple will and trust. It also examines the procedures and rules involved in probate administrations and the ethical obligations of attorneys and paralegals who are involved in this area of practice.

3 credits

This course provides insight into the practical side of operating a law office. The roles and duties of the legal team are explained. Later lessons discuss the unauthorized practice of law, calendaring, docket control, and case management. The role ethics plays are examined throughout. The course concludes with a discussion of marketing and the legal library.

3 credits

In this course students are introduced to all areas of family law: divorce, separation, adoptions, guardianships, annulments, cohabitation, child custody, abuse and neglect. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills for working with clients and drafting the necessary legal documents.

3 credits

In this course, students will analyze the fundamental concepts and nature of business law. Evaluate legal situations of business law and its relation to the economic activities of our society. Explain the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in trade negotiations. Also, appreciate the importance of ethics in the practice of the legal services, both globally and nationally.

3 credits

In this course the students will receive an introduction to business law with emphasis on the formation of a contract, defenses to avoid contractual liability, discharge of contracts, remedies for breach of contract, introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code, sales, warranties, and consumer protection.

3 credits

In this course the principles of real estate law are covered, including terminology, documents, types of estate ownership, mortgages, real estate closings, title searches and courthouse records. Students will understand the basic concepts and terms of real estate law; examine a title and prepare a title report; become familiar with the documents required in residential and commercial real estate closings.

3 credits

Through professionally supervised work at law firms, government agencies, the courts, corporate offices or legal services, and faculty guided seminars, skills learned in the classroom will be applied to working situations. Each 3 credits of field placement involves 120 hours of on-site. legal work and 2 hours in weekly on-campus seminar.

3 credits

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