Human Services AAS – Legal Studies – Paralegal Degree

Code: AAS.LS.PARALGL

Approved by the American Bar Association, the Bergen Community College Paralegal Studies Program offers an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.  The program combines a general education background with law related specialty courses to provide the graduate with communication skills, knowledge of the legal system, and practical hands-on-experience immediately applicable to the legal workplace.  The student will receive instruction on the basic principles of the law, along with the analytical, technical, and communication skills necessary for a career in the legal field. Topics of instruction include ethics and professional responsibilities of the legal profession, effective legal research and writing, and practical aspects of varied legal subject matters such as estates and trusts, commercial transactions, criminal and civil litigation, family law, real estate, legal accounting and business law.

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

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge in a range of substantive legal fields and practical skills that are necessary to enter the work force as a paralegal or legal nurse consultant.
  • Demonstrate techniques of legal research, practice and procedure, investigation, interviewing, drafting of documents, motions and pleadings and other practical skills needed for an array of positions in the public, private and corporate law sectors.
  • Practice ethical behavior and professional responsibility as a paralegal and legal nurse consultant.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment and work under the supervision of lawyers in the private, public and corporate sector.
  • Respond to the needs of the legal community and promote the economical and efficient delivery of legal services through paralegals and legal nurse consultants working under the supervision of attorneys.

Career Pathways

Paralegal
Legal Assistant Court Reporter
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
LGL-101Fundamentals of Law

3

LGL-103Legal Search and Writing

3

LGL-110Legal Ethics

3

REA-101Principles of Real Estate I

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
LGL-200Business Communication for Paralegals

3

LGL-203Paralegalism

3

LGL-220Computer Assisted Legal Research

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

LGL-200, LGL-203: Specialized course that may be offered only in the evening.

Third Semester

  Math/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology Elective* 3-4
  Humanities Elective*† 3

LGL-202New Jersey and Federal Courts [Fall Only ? Evening]

3

LGL-205Mechanics of Property Transactions [Fall Only ? Evening]

3

LGL-207Wills and Administrations [Fall Only - Evening]

3

LGL-208Mechanics of Family Law

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

LGL-202, LGL-205, LGL-207, LGL-208: Specialized course that may be offered only in the evening.

Fourth Semester

LGL-206Mechanics of Commercial Transactions [Spring Only ? Evening]

3

LGL-210Legal Accounting

3

LGL-234Personal Injury and Product Liability [Spring Only - Evening]

3

LGL-292Co-Op Work Experience [Paralegal]

2

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

Total Credit Hours:14

LGL-206, LGL-210, LGL-234: Specialized course that may be offered only in the evening.

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology*

One general education course to be selected from the following fields: Mathematics (MAT); Computer Science (CIS) Information Technology (INF); Biology (BIO); Chemistry (CHM); Physics (PHY).

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Additional General Education Course:

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 21-22

Program Requirements

LGL-101Fundamentals of Law

3

LGL-103Legal Search and Writing

3

LGL-110Legal Ethics

3

LGL-200Business Communication for Paralegals

3

LGL-202New Jersey and Federal Courts [Fall Only ? Evening]

3

LGL-203Paralegalism

3

LGL-205Mechanics of Property Transactions [Fall Only ? Evening]

3

LGL-206Mechanics of Commercial Transactions [Spring Only ? Evening]

3

LGL-207Wills and Administrations [Fall Only - Evening]

3

LGL-208Mechanics of Family Law

3

LGL-210Legal Accounting

3

LGL-220Computer Assisted Legal Research

3

LGL-234Personal Injury and Product Liability [Spring Only - Evening]

3

LGL-292Co-Op Work Experience [Paralegal]

2

REA-101Principles of Real Estate I

3

LGL-200, LGL-202, LGL-203, LGL-205, LGL-206, LGL-207, LGL-208, LGL-210, LGL-234: Specialized course that may be offered only in the evening.

Total Credit Hours: 44

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

†PHR-105 Professional Ethics is recommended.

Students enrolled in this program ARE NOT REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by the Basic Skills Placement Test.

THIS IS AN ABA APPROVED PARALEGAL PROGRAM Please note: The practice of law is limited to attorneys admitted to practice within the jurisdiction. Completion of the Paralegal Studies or Legal Nurse Consultant Programs do not authorize the graduate to practice law. Program Goal: It is the goal of the Paralegal Studies Program to provide students with knowledge in a wide range of substantive legal fields and to provide practical skills necessary for the legal workplace environment. The program shall promote adherence to ethical practice and professional responsibility as legal professionals working in cooperation with and under the supervision of attorneys. The programs shall respond to the needs of the legal community and promote the economical and efficient delivery of legal services through the use of quality instruction and modern technology. For complete Program Goals, visit the Paralegal Studies and Legal Nurse Consultant website.