Award: Associate of Arts
Degree Code: ASPP
Number of Credits: 60
The Paralegal Studies Associate degree provides the first two years of study for students preparing for a career as a paralegal. The program provides a general education background while focusing on developing an understanding of the legal system. Students completing the degree will meet the requirements for admission to a Paralegal Certificate Program or to continue their studies toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.
Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on “Transfer Opportunities” in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.
General Education Requirements
General Education Requirement Electives - Select 24 Credits
Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.
- ARTS/HUM - Arts and Humanities Electives (H) - 6 Credits
- ELECT - Electives 2 Credits
- MAT - Math Elective (M) - 3 Credits
- SCI - Science Electives (S/SL) - 7 Credits 1
- SOC SCI - Social Science Electives (SS) - 6 Credits 2
Program Requirement Electives - Select 9 Credits
Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection
- ELECT - Elective - 3 Credits 3
- ETHICS - Ethics Elective - 3 Credits 4
- HST - History Elective - 3 Credits 5
The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.
Spring I (16 Credits)
- EGL 102 - Composition & Literature (H) Credits: 3
- ARTS/HUM - Arts and Humanities Elective - 3 Credits
- MAT - Math Elective - 3 Credits
- SCI - Lab Science Elective - 4 Credits
- SOC SCI - Social Science Elective - 3 Credits
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to:
- Demonstrate a professional attitude toward work, learning, and responsibilities; be dependable in attendance, punctuality, and completion of tasks.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate legal knowledge.
- Apply problem-solving and technical skills.
- Produce an adequate amount of work product, accurately and timely with acceptable quality.
- Utilize legal terminology competently.
- Describe the American legal system including sources of American law, the judicial system, civil and criminal procedure, and substantive areas of law such as contracts, torts, constitutional law, employment, and other areas.
- Identify the functions of law in American society, how they relate to corresponding legal research material, and the legislative process, judicial structure and system.
- Utilize their academic success to effectively continue their studies toward a certificate or bachelor’s degree.
- Express an understanding of their ethical responsibility and role under the supervision of attorneys.
- Demonstrate a professional attitude toward work, learning and the completion of tasks.
Work in law offices, federal, state agencies, corporate entities as a law clerk, title examiner, claim adjuster, occupational health and safety specialist, appraiser, and investigator.
1 One science elective must include a lab.
2 Choose two from the following: POS 101 - Introduction to Political Science (SS) , PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (SS) , or SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (SS) .
3 Choose one from the following: BUS 187 - Business Ethics , CSC 110 - Ethics in Information Technology (I) , CRJ 208 - Ethics in Criminal Justice , HCD 270 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare (H) , or PHI 201 - Ethics - Contemporary Moral Issues (H) .
4 Choose one from the following: ACC 101 - Accounting I , BUS 103 - Introduction to Business , CRJ 214 - Delinquency and Juvenile Justice , POS 201 - American Government (SS) , or SWK 101 - Introduction to Social Work.
5 Choose one from the following: HST 101 - Western Civilization I (to 1715) (H) , HST 102 - Western Civilization II (H) HST 201 - United States History I (H) , or HST 202 - United States History II (H) .