2021-22 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
    May 28, 2023  
2021-22 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide an individual working under the direct supervision of an attorney with a sufficient level of knowledge and proficiency to perform tasks in meeting the needs of clients.

A paralegal will have a basic understanding of the general process of civil and criminal American law.

Program Objectives: Graduates may seek employment as a paralegal or legal assistant. In addition to legal coursework, students will take computer classes that will allow them to become MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Certified in multiple Microsoft programs.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English will be required to take developmental courses.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in MTE 1* , MTE 2*  and MTE 3*  will be required to take developmental courses.

It is strongly recommended that developmental education requirements be completed as soon as possible.

Program Notes: All legal courses are taught by licensed attorneys, and many courses are available in both traditional and online options. 

AAS degrees prepare students for direct employment upon completion of the degree. However, many programs may also transfer to four-year institutions. Students interested in transferring should verify program requirements with specific four-year institutions and with the program head for Paralegal Studies.

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