May 22, 2022
PURPOSE: This two-year degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year college and major in paralegal studies or business administration. This degree also prepares students for jobs as paralegal and legal assistants.
CREDENTIALS: An Associate of Science degree is a major related to an area such as business administration, engineering, science, and social sciences that takes 2 years for full time students to complete. Students receiving an AS degree intend to transfer to four-year colleges. Students can complete the Career Studies Certificate in Paralegal Studies during their program.
TRANSFER INFORMATION: This program is designed for transfer. Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select general electives that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university programs of study. More information can also be found at www.jtcc.edu/academics/transfer/
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.
PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:
- Research and evaluate a case brief.
- Perform legal research.
- Write a memorandum of law.
- Analyze a financial statement, using generally accepted accounting principles.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed in areas of law, including criminal law, torts, contracts, and family law.
- Recognize and apply basic economic principles related to macroeconomics and microeconomics theories.
- SDV 100 - College Success Skills 1 credit
- ENG 111 - College Composition I 3 credits
- MTH 161 - Precalculus l 3 credits
- ACC 211 - Principles of Accounting I 3 credits
- BUS 100 - Introduction to Business 3 credits
- LGL 110 - Introduction to Law and the Legal Assistant 3 credits
- ACC 212 - Principles of Accounting II 3 credits
- MTH 162 - Precalculus ll 3 credits Additional Course Option: MTH 261 .
- ENG 112 - College Composition II 3 credits
- ITE 115 - Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 credits
- LGL 126 - Legal Writing 3 credits
- CST 100 - Principles of Public Speaking 3 credits Additional Course Option: CST 110
- ECO 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3 credits
- LGL 125 - Legal Research 3 credits
- PHI 111 - Logic I 3 credits Additional Course Options: PHI 220
- BIO 101 - General Biology I 4 credits Additional Course Options: CHM 101 , ENV 121 , PHY 101 , CHM 111 , PHY 201 .
- BIO 102 - General Biology II 4 credits
Additional Course Options: BIO 101 , CHM 101 , ENV 121 , PHY 101 , CHM 112 , PHY 202 .
- LGL 117 - Family Law 3 credits Additional Course Options: LGL 130 , LGL 215 , LGL 218 , LGL 238 .
- ECO 202 - Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
- PSY 200 - Principles of Psychology 3 credits Additional Course Options: SOC 200
Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 60
Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete any SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
Additional Approved Course Substitutions for Laboratory Science Electives include: CHM 111, CHM 112, PHY 201, and PHY 202
Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy the ITE 115 requirement by taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the John Tyler Community College ITE 115 Test-out Challenge Exam.
Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report by accessing the Student Information System (SIS) in the myTyler portal.
To determine eligibility for the Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Paralegal Studies, students should meet with their faculty advisor.