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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies, A.A.S.

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Approved by the American Bar Association

Gwynne Hutton • (901) 333-4136

A paralegal, or legal assistant, is a professional who works under the supervision of an attorney and drafts legal documents, researches the law, organizes information, interviews clients and witnesses, and conducts factual investigations. The Paralegal Studies program is designed to provide the graduate with the necessary skills to pursue a challenging career as a paralegal.  Students must complete each paralegal (LEGL) course with a “C” or better. Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Second Semester: 15 Credits

Third Semester: 15 Credits

Fourth Semester: 15 Credits

Total Program Credits: 60

1 Review General Education pages and/or consult advisor for correct selection.

2 Review common course library for choices.

3 An average GPA of 3.0 in all LEGL-designated courses is required for continued enrollment.

Limitation on Legal Specialty Courses Transferable to the Paralegal Studies Program

The maximum number of credit hours of legal specialty courses a student may transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies is nine (9) credit hours. The legal specialty credit hours to be transferred must have been earned from a fully accredited institution of higher learning and must be approved by the program coordinator or a qualified full-time faculty member of the Paralegal Studies program to ensure that the credit can be classified as legal specialty and is comparable to courses offered within the program. The Paralegal Studies program does not award legal specialty credit by examination or portfolio.

Paralegal Studies students are required to take at least nine (9) semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

Common Course Library

Students must successfully complete two courses from the Common Course Library to satisfy their degree requirements.

For additional program information, please vist the Paralegal Studies website at www.southwest.tn.edu/paralegal .



Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

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