Paralegal Studies Concentration (PALG) – Community College of Rhode Island

Paralegal Studies Concentration (PALG)

Associate in Science Degree in Legal Studies (AS_LGAL)

The Community College of Rhode Island offers a degree program for individuals interested in a career as a legal assistant. Graduates of the program have the option of entering the workforce as a trained paralegal or continuing their education by transferring to a college offering a bachelor’s degree program in paralegal studies.

Paralegal portfolio requirement: For students enrolling in the Paralegal major, the completion of a portfolio of their coursework will be required near the end of their course of study. Students will prepare the portfolio as part of either LAWS 2020 or 2090, whichever one of these two courses they take last.

Details on what must be included in the portfolio can be found on the department’s website.

Note: Many courses require prerequisites, corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions at the back of the catalog for detail.

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE

General Education Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
ENGL 1010 Composition I   3
COMM 1100 Public Speaking   3
ENGL   Any literature course 3
MATH   MATH 1005 OR 1025 3
PSYC 2010 General Psychology   4
Humanities/Social Science Elective   See this page for a complete list of courses that fulfill the SSCI attribute. 6

Total General Education Requirements Credits 22

Major Education Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
LAWS 1080 Introduction to Paralegal Studies   3
LAWS 1020 Criminal Procedure   3
LAWS 2050 Law of Contracts   3
LAWS 2010 Law of Evidence   3
LAWS 2060 The Law of Property, Estates and Trusts   3
LAWS 2000 Constitutional Law   3
LAWS 2020 Basic Civil Procedures for Paralegals   3
LAWS 2070 Law of Business Organization   3
LAWS Elective   Select one course from LAWS 1010, 2030, 2040; LIBA 1010. 3
LAWS 2090 Legal Research and Writing   4
LAWS 2100 Law of Torts   3
COMI   Choose from COMI 1420, 1430, 1432, 1645, 1650. 1
BUSN 1220 QuickBooks, Computer Application   1
COMI 1640 Introduction to Word Processing   1
COMI 1100
OR COMI
  Introduction to Computers
OR Select three modules from: COMI 1420, 1430, 1432 1645, 1650 (5 weeks each.) In place of the three-credit Introduction to Computers (COMI 1100) course, students may take three one-credit computer modules.
3

Total Major Education Requirements Credits 40

Total Program Credits 62


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Last Updated: 7/30/19