2021-2022 College Catalog

Paralegal Studies AAS

Paralegal Studies AAS (Major Code: PS13)

Program Description

The Paralegal Studies program prepares students for assisting attorneys in the delivery of legal services. For almost 20 years, the program has not only prepared students with the substantive legal knowledge, but also the practical skills necessary to become a successful paralegal. Paralegals work in a variety of industries including technology, banking, manufacturing and entertainment. Dedicated, diverse and experienced instructors teach core general education and legal specialty courses including civil litigation, criminal law & procedure, family law, bankruptcy, real estate and contracts. In addition, students are trained in basic legal concepts such as ethics, research (both federal and local), drafting legal correspondence and the preparation & organization of legal documents for trial. All students are required to complete an internship. This experience provides practical, hands-on knowledge needed to get students ready to work as a skilled member of a legal team. Atlanta Technical College paralegal graduates work in government, private law firms and corporate legal departments throughout Atlanta. Upon completion of the program graduates, receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree. The Paralegal Studies program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (www.aafpe.org).

Unauthorized Practice of Law -According to the Official Code of Georgia 15-19-51, paralegals shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law and must work under the supervision and direction of an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.

Career Information

Occupation

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 12.7% nationally and 14.2% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $40,000 a year.
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually. 

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

Program Specific Requirements

- Students enrolled in the Paralegal Studies AAS degree program or Paralegal Studies Certificate program must complete at least 25% of the legal specialty (Paralegal) courses at Atlanta Technical      College.
- Nine hours must be completed in either a traditional classroom format or in a synchronous online learning format.
- The ATC Paralegal Studies Program does not award any legal specialty transfer credit through examination or portfolios.

Program Contact Information

Keisha Hudson
Program Coordinator,P2127
404.225.4534

khudson@atlantatech.edu

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 6 terms
Program Credit Hours: 69
Estimated Program Cost: $12,650

Course Outline

 

General Education Courses (18 Credits)

Area I – Language Arts/Communication (Both Required)

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

SPCH 1101Public Speaking

3

Area II – Social/Behavioral Science – Select two of the following

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

ECON 1101Principles of Economics

3

POLS 1101American Goverment

3

SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology

3

Area III – Natural Sciences/Mathematics – Select one of the following

MATH 1100Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

3

MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

Area IV – Humanities/Fine Arts – Select one of the following

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation

3

ENGL 2130American Literature

3

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities

3

Occupational Courses (42 Credits)

COMP 1000Intro to Computers

3

PARA 1100Introduction to Law and Ethics

3

PARA 1105Legal Research&Legal Writing I

3

PARA 1110Legal Research&Legal WritingII

3

PARA 1115Family Law

3

PARA 1120Real Estate Law

3

PARA 1125Criminal Law & Criminal Proced

3

PARA 1130Civil Litigation

3

PARA 1135Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Adminstration

3

PARA 1140Tort Law

3

PARA 1145Law Office Management

3

PARA 1150Contracts, Commercial Law and Business Organization

3

PARA 2210Paralegal Internship I

6

Occupational Electives – Select 2-3 from the following (minimum 9 credit hours)

PARA 1200Bankruptcy/Debt/Credit Relatio

3

PARA 1205Constitutional Law

3

PARA 1210Legal&Policy Issues/Healthcare

3

PARA 1215Adminstrative Law

3

PARA 2215Paralegal Internship II

6

Total Credit Hours: 69

 

Program Outcomes

1. The graduate will be able to utilize appropriate legal terminology in written and oral communication.
2. The graduate will be able to produce legal documents.
3. The graduate will be able to apply legal concepts to factual situations.
4. The graduate will be able to conduct legal research.
5. The graduate will be able to compose a legal argument.
6. Completion of the Associate Degree Paralegal Program qualifies a student to sit for the national certified paralegal exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.