Paralegal Studies A.A.S.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Approved by the American Bar Association
One certificate within the Paralegal Studies Program.
Paralegal Studies Technical Certificate
The goal of the Paralegal Studies program is to provide a general education with emphasis on substantive legal and ethical principles and prepare them for entry-level paralegal positions working under the supervision of an attorney in the private or public sector. This program is also the basis for the first two years of a baccalaureate program in Legal Assisting through Chattanooga State’s 2+2 articulation agreement with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (See the Advising Center for details.)
Summary of Required Hours
- ENGL 1010 - Composition I (3)
- OF 125 - Word Processing I (3)
- LA 110 - Fundamentals of Law (3)
- LA 130 - Legal Research and Writing I (3)
- POLS 1030 - American Government (3)
Spring (15 or 16)
Fall (15 or 16)
- LA 240 - Trial Practice and Civil Procedure (3)
Legal Assisting Electives (6)
Math or Natural Science Gen. Ed. Elective (3 or 4)
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gen. Ed. Elective**(3)
Total Hours: 60 or 62
* SPAN 1010 - Elementary Spanish I , recommended. PE 230 is excluded
**PSYC 1030 - General Psychology , is strongly recommended, PE 230 is excluded.
All students must complete 10 or more credit hours of Legal Specialty courses in an “on campus” classroom setting.
NOTE: Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)
UPL is 1) the application of a rule of law 2) to a particular person’s fact pattern and 3) giving a response or answer. UPL occurs when the person seeking legal advice from a person who s/he knows has legal knowledge but who is not a lawyer. The following have been considered UPL when carried out by someone other than an attorney admitted to practice law in a designated jurisdiction:
* Preparing any document in any medium intended to affect or secure legal rights for a specific person or entity;
* Preparing or expressing legal opinions; * Representing another in a judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative proceeding, or other formal dispute resolution process such as arbitrations and mediations; * Preparing any document through any medium for filing in any court, administrative agency or tribunal for a specific person or entity; or * Negotiating legal rights or responsibilities for a specific person or entity.