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Paralegal Studies

LEGAL-BAS


Dr. Susan Demers, Dean

Admissions Checklist

The Paralegal Studies BAS program is designed to train students for careers as paralegals in law firms, governmental entities and corporate legal departments. Paralegals work under the supervision of attorneys to provide non-clerical professional support in the delivery of legal services to clients and the community. Paralegals are not licensed to practice law.

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APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
20131/0475 (BEGINNING 8/19/13) OR LATER
~REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS~


UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS: 
Admission requires an A.S. Degree of sixty (60) credits in Paralegal/Legal Assisting including at least fifteen (15) semester hours of transferable general education coursework.
    General Education Credits.......................................................15-21
    Legal Assisting and Support Courses......................................39-45

For A.S. degree holders, an additional 15-21 general education credits are required to complete the thirty-six (36) credit hour general education requirement of St. Petersburg College. Please note that total program hours may vary. Consult the assigned baccalaureate specialist for any additional questions.

   Additional General Education Courses (15-21 credits) Grade of "C" or higher
   * Enhanced World View Requirement
     A. COMMUNICATIONS 9
     B. HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS 6
     C. MATHEMATICS 6
     D. NATURAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES 6-7
     E. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6
     F. ETHICS 3
     G. COMPUTER/INFORMATION LITERACY COMPETENCY

Note: Students with an A.A. degree, A.S. degree not listed above, or completion of at least 60 credit hours (60 credits must include at least 15 credits of general education courses) may be admitted with permission of the Dean.  All students must fulfill an additional fifteen (15) credits in related courses at the lower division 1000 and 2000 level with a prefix of PLA including:  PLA 1003, PLA 1104, PLA 1763, PLA 2114 and PLA 2203, plus 3 credits of any other lower division PLA course (or a 2000-level BUL course) required of an A.S. Degree student totaling 18 credits with a grade of "C" or higher in each course.


REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES (18 credits) - Grade of C or higher required

PLA 3885 UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3
PLA 4116 LEGAL WRITING SEMINAR 3
PLA 3723 LOGIC AND THE LAW 3
PLA 4830 COMPARATIVE LEGAL SYSTEMS 3
PLA 3703 SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY 3
PLA 3734 COMPUTERS AND THE LAW OFFICE 3


REQUIRED FINAL COURSE
(3 credits) - Grade of C or higher required
Last Semester for ALL Students

PLA 4941 PARALEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE 3

ELECTIVES: Select 24 credits - Grade of C or higher required
Complete 24 credits of upper-division PLA coursework. Students may complete up to 6 credits of upper-division BUL coursework as part of this requirement.
PLA 3XXX Any 3000 level PLA prefix course
PLA 4XXX Any 4000 level PLA prefix course
BUL 3XXX Any 3000 level BUL prefix course
BUL 4XXX Any 4000 level BUL prefix course

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS

120
NOTE: If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.A.S. program.
C&I 11/30/2012~ BOT 1/15/2013