Legal Assistant Degree Program A.S.

Program Description

The degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students to serve as legal assistants in law offices, corporations, and public agencies. The Legal Assistant is a paraprofessional who, under the supervision of an attorney, performs specifically delegated substantive legal work that may ethically be performed by a non-lawyer. The terms legal assistant and paralegal are interchangeable.

Both the degree and certificate programs provide students with a general background in the major areas of law practiced in law offices, and train students to prepare the necessary documents involved, such as probate forms, title reviews, closing documents, pleadings and discovery proceedings, legal memoranda, corporate filings and minutes, thereby permitting an attorney to perform legal services more efficiently and economically.

Skillful use of the English language and a high level of verbal and written competence are essential for successful completion of the Legal Assistant courses. Students must be eligible for ENG 101 to register in the Legal Assistant Program.

Approval of the Program Coordinator is necessary for admission to either Legal Assistant Program.

Unauthorized Practice of Law

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

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the degree or certificate program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate reasoning and analytical skills in the application of legal concepts to the issues faced day-to-day in a law office;
  2. Understand the ethical issues involved in working as a paraprofessional in the legal field;
  3. Apply basic knowledge from social sciences, arts, literature, science and mathematics to understand and create solutions to problems encountered in the legal field;
  4. Acquire, organize and present information effectively orally and in writing;
  5. Research legal issues, both in the traditional manner and through computer research, identifying applicable statutes, regulations and case law;
  6. Demonstrate the writing skills necessary to work in a law office;
  7. Gather information and interview clients and witnesses in a meaningful manner in support of the particular casework involved;
  8. Understand and prepare real estate closing documents such as deeds, mortgages, settlement statements and title insurance binders;
  9. Gather information and prepare estate inventories, inheritance tax forms or prepare court documents in divorce and other family law proceedings;
  10. Understand the trial process and draft and answer complaints and other pleadings and discovery documents such as interrogatories and requests for production;
  11. Understand the administrative process and how to interface with administrative agencies and respond to information requests by agencies and to prepare and file administrative claims;
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of the various different business organizations and how to prepare the documents to establish, incorporate or organize them;
  13. Know and understand the functions and benefits of membership in local and national paralegal associations;
  14. Possess the eligibility requirements for taking the Certified Legal Assistant Examination (CLA), a private, non-mandatory certification offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants; and
  15. Display the ability to work in a law office and the traits and attitudes necessary for a successful career as a paralegal.
 Requirements (61 Credits)
 College Core Requirements (31 Credits)
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 ACC 113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 credits
 BBG 114 Business Application Software 4 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits (or higher level MAT) 3-4 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 SSC ELE  Social Science Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 ENG 200 Advanced Composition 3 credits OR BBG 210 Business Communication 3 credits
 Major Requirements (30 Credits)
 BBG 231 Business Law I 3 credits
 BBG 232 Business Law II 3 credits
 LGL 101 Introduction to Paralegalism 3 credits
 LGL 102 Legal Research and Writing 3 credits
 LGL 104 Real Estate Practice 3 credits
 LGL 208 Litigation 3 credits
 LGL 211 Business Organization 3 credits
 LGL 280 Internship 3 credits **
LGL electives. Must select two(2) of the following: LGL 209 Probate Practice and Estate Administration, LGL 210 Family Law, or LGL 216 Administrative Law 6 credits
 Recommended Sequence of Study
 Semester 1
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 BBG 114 Business Application Software 4 credits
Social Science elective 3 credits *
 BBG 231 Business Law I 3 credits
 LGL 101 Introduction to Paralegalism 3 credits
 Semester 2
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits (Or higher level MAT 3-4 credits)
 LGL 104 Real Estate Practice 3 credits
 BBG 232 Business Law II 3 credits
 LGL 102 Legal Research and Writing 3 credits
 Semester 3
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
Legal Assistant Elective: LGL 209 Probate Practice and Estate Administration OR LGL 210 Family Law OR LGL 216 Administrative Law 3 credits
 LGL 208 Litigation 3 credits
 LGL 211 Business Organization 3 credits
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 Semester 4
 ACC 113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 credits
Legal Assistant Elective: LGL 209 Probate Practice and Estate Administration OR LGL 210 Family Law OR LGL 216 Administrative Law 3 credits
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits 3 credits*
 LGL 280 Internship 3 credits **
 ENG 200 Advanced Composition 3 credits OR BBG 210 Business Communication 3 credits
 Note:

* At least one of the Social Science, Humanities or Science electives is required to be an IDS ELE  Interdisciplinary Elective  course.

** May be waived and a course substituted at the discretion of the Coordinator for a student currently working in a permanent position as a paralegal.

# Please see Catalog Home  for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.