Legal Studies for the Paralegal
Associate in Applied Science (AAS),
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
Offered through Human Studies
@ Florissant Valley | Meramec
This program, designed in cooperation with the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, prepares students for careers in the paralegal profession. Students develop a basic legal vocabulary and gain an understanding of Missouri statutes and cases and pretrial and trial proceedings. They study concepts of real and personal property and business organizations and develop skills in interviewing and counseling clients, writing legal resume, analyzing legal problems and drafting/preparing legal documents.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
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Students develop a basic legal vocabulary and gain an understanding of Missouri statutes, cases, pretrial and trial proceedings. They study concepts of personal property, business organizations and develop skills in interviewing and counseling clients, writing a legal resume, analyzing legal problems and drafting/preparing legal documents.
Graduates of the program are widely recognized as excellent employees who are well prepared for their careers. Paralegal professionals have a variety of career paths to choose from including paralegals in private law firms, corporations, government agencies or other businesses. In addition, paralegals can choose between other paralegal-related occupations such as claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, investigators, court clerks and real estate management.
The gainful employment regulation requires nondegree programs at community colleges to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. You can view the information for this program here as reported to the Department of Education.