Paralegal, A.A.S.

A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law in any way, as the practice of law is restricted to persons who are licensed by this or any other state. Any act that requires a legal license to perform, unless otherwise authorized by applicable court rules, constitutes unauthorized practice of law.

This program combines an understanding of legal principles, legal analysis and ethical considerations with practical applications. Courses lead to an American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal certificate. All Paralegal students must consult with an academic advisor. Students wishing to continue in a baccalaureate degree program after completing their associate degree should contact an academic advisor at their 4-year institution.

All paralegal students are required to take 10 credit hours of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction. Each student must take 15 hours of paralegal instruction at CCA in order to receive a degree or certificate from this institution.

In order to meet ABA requirements, only certain online Paralegal courses are applicable to this degree. (Exceptions: PAR 209 at CCA only, and any listed in the CCA schedule offered at CCA only. Consult the Program Coordinator before taking any online class other than PAR 209.)

Degree Requirements: 60 credits

General Education Requirements: 30 credits

English and Communication

(9 credits)

ENG 121English Composition I (GT-CO1)

3

ENG 122English Composition II (GT-CO2)

3

 

COM 115Public Speaking

3

OR

COM 125Interpersonal Communication

3

Mathematics or Science

(3 credits)

Choose one course from GT-MA1 or GT-SC1:

(GT-MA1)

MAT 120Mathematics for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1

4

MAT 121College Algebra: GT-MA1

4

MAT 122College Trigonometry: GT-MA1

3

MAT 123Finite Mathematics: GT-MA1

4

MAT 125Survey of Calculus: GT-MA1

4

MAT 135Introduction to Statistics: (GT-MA1)

3

MAT 166Pre-Calculus: (GT-MA1)

5

MAT 201Calculus I: GT-MA1

5

MAT 202Calculus II: GT-MA1

5

MAT 203Calculus III: GT-MA1

4

MAT 204Calculus III with Engineering Applications: GT-MA1

5

MAT 215Discrete Mathematics: (GT-MA1)

4

MAT 261Differential Equations with Engineering Applications: GT-MA1

4

MAT 265Differential Equations: GT-MA1

3

(GT-SC1)

ANT 111Biological Anthropology w/Lab (GT-SC1)

4

AST 101Astronomy I with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

AST 102Astronomy II with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

BIO 105Science of Biology with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

BIO 111General College Biology I with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

BIO 112General College Biology II with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

BIO 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

BIO 202Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab(GT-SC1)

4

BIO 204Microbiology with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

BIO 208General College Microbiology with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

BIO 220General Zoology with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

BIO 221Botany with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

CHE 101Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

CHE 102Introduction to Chemistry II with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

CHE 105Chemistry in Context (GT-SC1)

5

CHE 111General College Chemistry I with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

CHE 112General College Chemistry II with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

ENV 101Environmental Science w/Lab (GT-SS1)

4

ENV 110Natural Disasters (GT-SC2)

3

GEO 111Physical Geography-Landforms with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

GEO 112Physical Geography-Weather and Climate with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

GEY 108Geology of U.S. National Parks (GT-SC2)

3

GEY 111Physical Geology, with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

GEY 112Historical Geology, with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

GEY 135Environmental Geology,with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

MET 150General Meteorology, with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

NRE 251General Oceanography, with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

PHY 105Conceptual Physics, with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

PHY 107Energy Science and Technology, with Lab (GT-SC1)

4

PHY 111Physics: Algebra Based I with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

PHY 112Physics: Algebra Based II with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

PHY 211Physics: Calculus Based I with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

PHY 212Physics: Calculus Based II with Lab (GT-SC1)

5

SCI 155Integrated Science I - Physics and Chemistry (GT-SC1)

4

SCI 156Integrated Science II - Earth and Life Science (GT-SC1)

4

Social and Behavioral Sciences

(9 credits)

Choose 3 courses from at least 2 different categories,

(GT-HI1, GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3):

(GT-HI1)

HIS 101Western Civilization: Antiquity - 1650 (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 102Western Civilization: 1650 - Present (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 111The World: Antiquity - 1500 (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 112The World: 1500 - Present (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 121US History to Reconstruction (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 122US History Since Civil War (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 203Civil War Era in American History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 205Women in World History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 207American Environmental History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 208American Indian History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 215Women in U.S. History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 218History of Science and Technology (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 225Colorado History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 236U.S. History Since 1945 (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 243History of Modern China (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 244History of Latin America (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 245U.S. in the World (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 24720th Century World History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 249History of Islamic Civilization (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 250African American History (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 255The Middle Ages (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 259Modern Middle East (GT-HI1)

3

HIS 260U.S. Foreign Relations History (GT-HI1)

3

(GT-SS1)

AGE 102Agriculture Economics (GT-SS1)

3

ECO 101Economics of Social Issues (GT-SS1)

3

ECO 201Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)

3

ECO 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)

3

ECO 211Gender in the Economy (GT-SS1)

3

ECO 245Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)

3

POS 105Introduction to Political Science (GT-SS1)

3

POS 111American Government (GT-SS1)

3

POS 125American State and Local Government (GT-SS1)

3

POS 205International Relations (GT-SS1)

3

POS 225Comparative Government (GT-SS1)

3

(GT-SS2)

GEO 105World Regional Geography (GT-SS2)

3

GEO 106Human Geography (GT-SS2)

3

(GT-SS3)

ANT 101Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)

3

ANT 102Cultural Anthropology Lab (GT-SS3)

1

ANT 103Archaeology Lab (GT-SS3)

1

ANT 104Physical Anthropology Lab (GT-SS3)

1

ANT 107Introduction to Archaeology (GT-SS3)

3

ANT 108Archaeology of World Rock Art (GT-SS3)

3

ANT 201Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (GT-SS3)

3

ANT 215Indians of North America (GT-SS3)

3

ANT 250Medical Anthropology (GT-SS3)

3

AGR 260World Interdependence - Population and Food (GT-SS3)

3

COM 220Intercultural Communication (GT-SS3)

3

ETH 200Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3)

3

JOU 105Introduction to Mass Media (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 101General Psychology I (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 102General Psychology II (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 205Psychology of Gender (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 217Human Sexuality (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 226Social Psychology (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 227Psychology of Death and Dying (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 235Human Growth and Development (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 238Child Development (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 240Health Psychology (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 249Abnormal Psychology (GT-SS3)

3

PSY 265Psychology of Personality (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology I (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 102Introduction to Sociology II (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 205Sociology of Family Dynamics (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 207Environmental Sociology (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 215Contemporary Social Problems (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 216Sociology of Gender (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 218Sociology of Diversity (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 220Sociology of Religion (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 231Sociology of Deviant Behavior (GT-SS3)

3

SOC 237Sociology of Death and Dying (GT-SS3)

3

WST 200Introduction to Women's Studies (GT-SS3)

3

WST 225Women and Social Action (GT-SS3)

3

WST 240Goddesses and Women in the Ancient World (GT-SS3)

3

WST 249Women's Sexuality (GT-SS3)

3

Arts and Humanities

(9 credits)

Choose 3 different courses from at least 2 different categories:

(GT-AH1)

ART 110Art Appreciation (GT-AH1)

3

ART 111Art History - Ancient to Medieval (GT-AH1)

3

ART 112Art History – Renaissance to Modern (GT-AH1)

3

ART 207Art History - 1900 to Present (GT-AH1)

3

DAN 125History of Dance I (GT-AH1).

3

MUS 120Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)

3

MUS 121Music History: Medieval through Classical Period (GT-AH1)

3

MUS 122Music History Early Romantic Period to the Present (GT-AH1)

3

MUS 123Survey of World Music (GT-AH1)

3

MUS 125History of Jazz (GT-AH1)

3

THE 105Theatre Appreciation (GT-AH1)

3

THE 108Theater Script Analysis (GT-AH1)

3

THE 211Development of Theater Greek-Reniassance (GT-AH1)

3

THE 212Development of Theatre Restoration to Modern (GT-AH1)

3

THE 215Playwriting (GT-AH1)

3

(GT-AH2)

HUM 115World Mythology (GT-AH2)

3

HUM 121Humanities: Early Civilizations (GT-AH2)

3

HUM 122Humanities: Medieval-Modern (GT-AH2)

3

HUM 123The Modern World (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 115Introduction to Literature (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 201World Literature to 1600 (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 202World Literature after 1600 (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 205Ethnic Literature (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 211American Literature to Civil War (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 212American Literature after Civil War (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 221British Literature to 1770 (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 222British Literature since 1770 (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 225Introduction to Shakespeare (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 246Literature of Women (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 259Survey of African American Literature (GT-AH2)

3

LIT 268Celtic Literature (GT-AH2)

3

(GT-AH3)

PHI 111Introduction to Philosophy (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 112Ethics (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 113Logic (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 114Comparative Religions (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 115World Religions-West (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 116World Religions-East (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 214Philosophy of Religion (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 218Environmental Ethics (GT-AH3)

3

PHI 220Philosophy of Death and Dying (GT-AH3)

3

(GT-AH4)

FRE 211French Language III (GT-AH4)

3

FRE 212French Language IV (GT-AH4)

3

GER 211German Language III (GT-AH4)

3

GER 212German Language IV (GT-AH4)

3

ITA 211Italian Language III (GT-AH4)

3

ITA 212Italian Language IV (GT-AH4)

3

JPN 211Japanese Language III (GT-AH4)

3

JPN 212Japanese Language IV (GT-AH4)

3

RUS 211Russian Language III (GT-AH4)

3

RUS 212Russian Language IV (GT-AH4)

3

SPA 211Spanish Language III (GT-AH4)

3

SPA 212Spanish Language IV (GT-AH4)

3

Paralegal Required Courses: 21 credits

PAR 115Introduction to Law

3

 

PAR 116Torts

3

OR

PAR 205Criminal Law

3

 

PAR 118Contracts

3

PAR 201Civil Litigation

3

PAR 213Legal Research and Writing I

3

PAR 214Legal Research and Writing II

3

PAR 116, PAR 205: Students may take either Torts or Criminal Law to meet the emphasis requirements or they may take both courses, one as an elective.

Electives: 9 credits

Select 3 courses:

PAR 116Torts

3

PAR 117Family Law

3

PAR 125Property Law

3

PAR 205Criminal Law

3

PAR 206Business Organizations

3

PAR 207Current Issues in Law

3

PAR 208Probate and Estates

3

PAR 209Constitutional Law

3

PAR 216Employment Law

3

PAR 218Bankruptcy Law

3

PAR 227Immigration Law

3

PAR 275Special Topics

3

 

PAR 280Internship

3

OR

PAR 285Independent Study

3

OR

Any other PAR elective course offered in the schedule

PAR 116, PAR 205: Students may take either Torts or Criminal Law to meet the emphasis requirements or they may take both courses, one as an elective

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