What will I learn?

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Paralegal Studies Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in law offices. The curriculum is designed to provide students with practical legal skills enabling them to draft legal documents with minimum supervision, and to familiarize them with fundamental concepts of substantive areas such as torts and business law. In addition, emphasis is placed on the development of effective written and oral communication skills, team work, critical thinking skills, computer proficiency, and legal research techniques. Legal theory and related practical applications are integrated throughout the program, as are how to manage practical ethical dilemmas commonly encountered as working paralegals, and how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers. A paralegal is qualified by education, training, or work experience to work for a law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, performing specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are also referred to as Legal Assistants in some legal settings. Except as specifically authorized by the Supreme Court of Arizona, persons not admitted to the State Bar of Arizona are prohibited from practicing law. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

The Paralegal Studies Program prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of settings. A paralegal is qualified by education, training, or work experience to work for a law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other organizations such as insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms and banks, performing specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are also referred to as Legal Assistants in some legal settings.

Under the supervision of a lawyer, a paralegal may analyze legal issues; investigate and evaluate facts; prepare pleadings, contracts, forms, legal memoranda, and other documents; interview clients; assist in case management; and perform other duties to assist the lawyer in the delivery of legal services to clients.

Except as specifically authorized by the Supreme Court of Arizona, a person may not practice law within Arizona unless they have been admitted to the State Bar of Arizona.

Skills & Knowledge

Emphasis is placed on the development of effective written and oral communication skills, team work, critical thinking skills, computer proficiency, and legal research techniques. Skills and knowledge gained in the program include the ability to:

Prepare a brief identifying the procedural history, facts, issues, holdings, dicta, and rationale of any case.
Prepare and review contracts incorporating the essential clauses necessary to execute the contract.
Conduct legal research using manual and electronic sources; summarize results in a brief memorandum with correct citation form.
Identify causes of actions, defenses, and potential damages in tort cases and identify the legal issues surrounding the imposition of tort liability.
Prepare the following for a typical tort claim: a case intake memorandum summarizing the factual and legal issues, pleadings, and a proposed settlement document.
Apply litigation technology skills to accomplish tasks commonly performed by paralegals.

Career and Employment Outlook:

Areas of practice include litigation, business/corporate, real estate, trusts and estates, family law, criminal law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration, environmental law, collection, employee benefits, computer law, intellectual property, securities, entertainment law, and workers compensation.

Which department am I in?

Department of Criminal Justice, Emergency Response, and Legal Studies

Study options

Full Time (62-67 credits)

Tuition fees
US$8,010.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

Department of Criminal Justice, Emergency Response, and Legal Studies

1202 W. Thomas Road,

PHOENIX,

Arizona,

85013, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have graduation from secondary school equivalent to an American high school is required.

For international students

PC's open admission policy means that anyone can attend Phoenix College who:

Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency

Has a high school certificate of equivalency (GED)

Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college

as a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.

TOEFL - A minimum score on the Internet Base test (IBT) - 61, or Paper Base test (PBT) - 500

IELTS - A minimum score of 5.5

Application Deadlines are July 1 for Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring Semester

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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