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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Paralegal

Tieranny Decuir, Program Coordinator
Student Center, Office 415
(409) 984-6348

The Paralegal Program provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to function successfully as a paralegal in law offices, corporations, government offices and private industry. Paralegals (legal assistants) are not attorneys and are prohibited from practicing law. They work under the supervision of attorneys. Upon completion of the program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Transfer of courses is limited to 5 of the 10 paralegal (WECM) courses. Transfer students are required to enroll in at least 3 of the 6 required legal specialty courses at Lamar State College Port Arthur, which must include the capstone course, LGLA 2388 Internship.

NOTE: Students transferring paralegal/legal studies classes to Lamar State College Port Arthur must conform to the program’s ABA-approved degree. The following courses: LGLA 2388 Internship, LGLA 1401 Legal Research & Writing, and LGLA 2433 Legal Document Preparation will be evaluated to ensure that the courses were taught in a traditional (or synchronous manner). If the courses meet the guidelines, then transfer credit will be given; however, if the courses do not meet the guidelines, students will have to take the specified courses at Lamar State College Port Arthur.

Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Year
Fall Semester
LGLA 1351 Contracts 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
LGLA 1307 Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions 3
MATH 1332 Contemporary Math 3
POFT 1127 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
Spring Semester
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3
ITSW 1301 Introduction to Word Processing 3
LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation 3
LGLA 1355 Family Law 3
POFT 2312 Business Correspondence & Communication 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
LGLA 1401 Legal Research & Writing 4
LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law 3
LGLA 2313 Criminal Law & Procedure 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Spring Semester
LGLA 2339 Certified Paralegal Exam Review 3
LGLA 2388 Internship: Paralegal/Legal Assistant 3
LGLA 2433 Advanced Legal Document Preparation 4
SOCI 1306 Social Problems 3
Total 60
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