Paralegal Studies

Associate in Science

(An Associate in Applied Science degree is also offered in Paralegal Studies.)

The Paralegal Studies program offers the student a wide range of courses that provide legal training so the student can assume paralegal responsibilities under the supervision of an attorney. The program provides General Education courses and paralegal introductory courses, as well as courses giving specific skills in various areas, including, but not limited to, legal research and writing, fact investigation, client contact, document preparation, litigation preparation including tools of discovery, computer literacy, real estate transactions, family law issues, torts and personal injury issues and ethics. The A.S. degree is intended for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution. If a student plans to transfer, transfer career counselors are available to answer questions concerning future plans. 

All students are required to work in the field through a three-credit cooperative education course.  Students working in the paralegal field who wish to increase their proficiency or enhance their career opportunities will find this program valuable. The purpose of this program is for training students to become paralegals and is not intended to be a program for training lawyers or legal administrators. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The program has been approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. Students can earn a Paralegal Studies degree on a part-time basis.

You can also view the mission, goals and objectives of the program.

For further information, contact program coordinator, Marilyn Malerba Keiner, Esq., (609) 343-4941/keiner@atlantic.edu, faculty advisor, Christine English-Martin, (609) 343-4932/cmartin@atlantic.edu, or Donna Vassallo, (609) 343-4972/dvassall@atlantic.edu.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Articulate and apply ethical standards and rules of professional responsibility to ethical issues that arise in the workplace;
  •  Explain the role of the paralegal in the law office and other forums in which paralegals are employed;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the organizations, jurisdiction and procedural rules that govern New Jersey state courts;
  • Utilize both print and electronic resources to locate and apply statutory law, case law and rules of procedure that govern specific legal issues;
  • Demonstrate writing and analytical skills in the preparation of documents, pleadings and interoffice memorandum of law;
  • Apply basic legal research and writing skills necessary to gather and analyze the facts and law relevant to legal disputes;
  • Demonstrate good organizational and time management skills.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 30 credits  
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (6 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (15 credits)  
    General Education Mathematics course (MATH121 is recommended)
4
    General Education Mathematics or Science course
4
    General Education Science course
4
    CISM125-Introduction to Computers
3
Social Science (6 credits)  
    Choose two General Education Social Science courses
6
Humanities (3 credits)  
    Choose HIST101, HIST102, HUMT201 or HUMT202
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
30
PROGRAM COURSES - 35 credits  
    LEGL110-Introduction to Law and Litigation
3
    LEGL140-Legal Research and Writing
4
    LEGL145-Law Office Management
1

    LEGL200-Bankruptcy Law and Practice

3
    LEGL212-Trial Advocacy
3
    LEGL246-Litigation Assistant Procedures
3
    LEGL248-Family Law
3
    LEGL249-Wills and Estates
3
    LEGL250-Torts/Personal Injury Litigation
3
   LEGL251-Real Estate Transactions
3
   LEGL280-Cooperative Education
3
   OSTM141-Word Processing I
3
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
35
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE:
65
(LEGL) EFFECTIVE FALL 2014  

 

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES
First Semester  
CISM125 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL101 Composition I 3
LEGL110 Introduction to Law and Litigation 3
LEGL140 Legal Research and Writing 4
Gen Ed Social Science course 3
Second Semester
ENGL102 Composition II 3
LEGL246 Litigation Assistant Procedures 3
LEGL249 Wills and Estates 3
LEGL251 Real Estate Transactions 3
OSTM141 Word Processing I 3
Third Semester    
LEGL145 Law Office Management 1
LEGL200 Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3
LEGL248 Family Law 3
LEGL250 Torts/Personal Injury Litigation 3
Choose HIST101, HIST102, HUMT201 or HUMT202 3
Gen Ed Social Science course 3
Fourth Semester    
LEGL212 Trial Advocacy 3
LEGL280 Cooperative Education
3
Choose one group: BUSN210-Business Law I & ONE course approved by the paralegal coordinator                  OR                                                               Any TWO courses approved by the paralegal coordinator 6
Gen Ed Science course 4