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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Paralegal Studies, AA

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Award: Associate of Arts

Degree Code: ASPP

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

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.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

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.

Required Courses

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

Recommended Sequence

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.

Fall I (18 Credits)

Spring I (16 Credits)

  • 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

Fall II (14 Credits)

Spring II (12 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.

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