What is Paralegal Technology?
Paralegals are qualified by education, training, or work experience and are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. The curriculum is based on standards developed by the National Association of Legal Assistants Descriptions of Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam Sections. Industry standards are based on the National Association of Legal Assistants Descriptions of Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam Sections.
What are my career choices?
Successful completion of the Paralegal Technology program provides you the opportunity for employment as a paralegal in private law firms, courts, trust departments of banks, corporations, and government agencies.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Science
|Writing I (ENG 101)||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning (Math) (MAT 105, MAT 110, MAT 116, MAT 126, or higher-level Quantitative Reasoning course)||3|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences course* (*PSY 110 or SOC 101 recommended)||3|
|Heritage or Humanities||3|
|General Education Elective (ENG 102 recommended)||3|
|COM 252 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication OR||3|
|COM 181 Basic Public Speaking||(3)|
|Digital Literacy course (CIT 105 or other qualifying course)||0-3|
|CIT 130 Productivity Software||3|
|Criminal Justice course ** (**CRJ 100 or CRJ 216 recommended)||3|
|PGL 111 Legal Systems & Term (must be taken concurrently with PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 112 Legal Research (must be taken concurrently with PGL 111)||3|
|PGL 113 Law Office Management (Offered Spring and Summer Only)||3|
|PGL 211 Family Law (Offered Spring Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 111 & PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 212 Legal Writing (Offered Spring Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 111 & PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 213 Civil Litigation I (Offered Spring Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 111 & PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 214 Real Property I (Offered Spring Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 111 & PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 221 Wills and Estates (Offered Fall Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 111 & PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 223 Civil Litigation II (Offered Fall Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 213)||3|
|PGL 224 Real Property II (Offered Fall Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 214)||3|
|PGL 231 Torts (Offered Fall Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 111 & PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 233 Ethics (Offered Spring Only) (Prerequisite - PGL 111 & PGL 112)||3|
|PGL 235 Paralegal Technology Capstone||1|
- Civil Litigation (15 credit hours)
- Family Law (12 credit hours)
- Paralegal Technology (30 credit hours)
- Legal Nurse Consultant - must be a Registered Nurse (3 credit hours)
Students who wish to continue their education beyond the associate in applied science degree should consult the college/university of their choice to determine transfer options. Various options exist in Kentucky to pursue a bachelor's degree. The paralegal program has partner universities for students to complete a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, which serves as a pathway to applying for law school.
Length of Program
Most students may complete an AAS program in two years, provided students enroll in the recommended number of credit hours per semester. General education classes, with the exception of course prerequisites, may be taken along with curriculum classes.
This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult MCC's general admission requirements .
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Madisonville Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.
This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult MCC's general admission requirements.
You will be eligible for graduation when you have completed your program with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. In addition, you must have a minimum of 24 hours taken in residence within KCTCS and 25% of the approved coursework must come from Madisonville Community College.
The Office of Career Services offers students, alumni, and members of the community free assistance in locating regional and local employment opportunities. We are available to assist employers by referring qualified candidates for full-time, part-time, temporary, and cooperative education positions. For more information, contact Brianna Crowley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.