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Brookdale Community College Brookdale Community College
Paralegal Studies Degree Program

PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM
American Bar Association (A.B.A.) Approved
A.A.S. DEGREE

The purpose of this program is to train paralegals/legal assistants. It is not intended to be a program for training lawyers or legal administrators. A paralegal/legal assistant may not engage in the practice of law by accepting cases, giving legal advice, appearing in court, setting fees, etc. Engaging in the unauthorized practice of law is a crime in the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Bar Association defines a paralegal/legal assistant as “an individual qualified through education, training or work experience who is retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity to perform, under the direction and supervision of a lawyer, specifically delegated substantive legal work, which for the most part requires sufficient knowledge of legal concepts and which, absent the paralegal or legal assistant, would be performed by a lawyer.”

The Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., in its Preamble, provides that it is the responsibility of every paralegal/legal assistant to adhere strictly to the accepted standards of legal ethics and to live by general principles of proper conduct. The performance of the duties of the paralegal/legal assistant is governed by specific canons of ethics in order that justice will be served and the goals of the profession attained.

This program, while not designed for transfer, may transfer in part or entirely to four year schools.

REQUIREMENTS:

General Education – 20 credits, the distribution of which must include at least six credits in Communications (C), and at least three credits from each of Humanities (H), Math or Science (M) or (S), and Social Science (SS). All 20 credits must be from courses designated with a (?). Criminal Justice (CRJU) courses and MUSI 115, COMP 129 & EDUC 105 may not be used to satisfy the 20 credit General Education requirement.

Career Studies - 16 credits as follows (Must take all 5 courses):
PLGL 105 Introduction to Law & Litigation 3 credits
PLGL 106 Legal Research & Writing 4 credits
PLGL 145 Professional Standards in Ethics for Legal Assistants 3 credits
PLGL 205 Litigation Assistance Procedures 3 credits
PLGL 210 Computer Applications in Law 3 credits
 
Career Studies - 12 credits from the following (Must take at least 4 courses):
PLGL 125 Real Property Transactions 3 credits
PLGL 135 Family Law 3 credits
PLGL 136 Administrative Law 3 credits
PLGL 215 Criminal Procedure 3 credits
PLGL 225 Wills, Estates, & Probate 3 credits
PLGL 226 Corporate Law Procedure 3 credits
PLGL 227 Introduction to Bankruptcy 1 credits
PLGL 228 Introduction to Workers Compensation 1 credits
PLGL 245 Introduction to Social Security Disability 1 credits
PLGL 299 Internship 3 credits
 
Electives - 9 credits FROM COURSES REMAINING ABOVE, OR from the following (Can take up to 3 courses):
PLGL 126 Constitutional Law 3 credits
PLGL 206 Torts 3 credits
PLGL 207 Moot Court 4 credits
PLGL 235 Entertainment Law I 3 credits
PLGL 237 Elder Law 3 credits
PLGL 295 Special Project 1 - 4 credits
BUSI 221 Business Law I 3 credits
BUSI 222 Business Law II 3 credits
BTEC 105 Introduction to Computer Keyboarding 1 credit
BTEC 106 The ABCs of PCs 1 credit
 
Free Electives 3 credits
 
Total Credits 60 credits