Associate Degree Course Sequence
SSC101 Student Success Seminar
IRT131 Legal Terminology
PLS121 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
ENG124 College Composition
SOC225 Cultural Diversity
AOT129 Keyboarding/Skill Building
AOT130 Editing, Proofreading, and Language Skills
AOT235 Legal Research and Writing
PLS122 Civil Litigation
PLS123 Legal Ethics
Natural & Physical Sciences Elective
AOT239 Legal Transcription
AOT237 Legal Office Applications
PLS221 Torts and Personal Injury Law
PLS222 Family Law
COM121 Effective Speaking
PLS224 Criminal Law and Procedures for the Paralegal
PLS223 Property & Probate Law
PLS227 Paralegal Studies Practicum and Seminar
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective
TOTAL CREDITS 63
Stark State College has begun the first phase of its new Paralegal Studies program.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies
WHAT DO PARALEGALS DO?
Paralegals assist attorneys in the preparation of legal documents, conduct legal research, interview clients, and perform a variety of other tasks in a law office. Paralegals may be employed by private law firms or work in government offices.
HOW IS A PARALEGAL DIFFERENT FROM A LEGAL ASSISTANT?
Legal assistants perform some of the same duties as paralegals, such a conducting research or assisting in drafting documents. However, legal assistants also perform more “office oriented” administrative duties, such as filing and scheduling. Consequently, legal assistants usually need to possess a secretarial or clerical background in addition to their legal training. In contrast, paralegals are more directly involved with legal case work than legal assistants. Their career preparation requires a more extensive legal background, as well as in-depth training in legal research and case resolution; most paralegals have an associate degree or bachelor’s degree.
ARE THERE JOBS OUT THERE?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for paralegals are growing faster than average compared to other occupations. In fact, in 2008, the Bureau projected a growth of twenty-eight percent in jobs for paralegals and legal assistants by the year 2018. The average salary for a paralegal is about $46,000 annually.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Contact Angela Smith Alder, coordinator of the Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies programs, at (330) 494-6170, Ext. 5282, or via email at email@example.com