Paralegal Studies Program
The Paralegal Studies Program at Rose State College has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1976. It is a two-year program offering day and evening classes. The Paralegal Studies Program is designed to prepare a student for employment as a legal assistant or paralegal. The Paralegal Studies Program is a part of the Business and Information Technology Division. The degree conferred is an Associate in Applied Science, Paralegal Studies.
A paralegal is qualified by education and training to be employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity. Legal assistants/paralegals perform specifically delegated legal work for which a lawyer is responsible, and absent such assistant, the lawyer would perform the task. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. The objectives of the program are:
- To provide practical training in legal skills supported by substantive legal theory;
- To instruct students in legal specialty courses to enable students to perform tasks specific to particular areas of law;
- To inform students of ethical responsibilities of the legal profession; and
To educate students to the role of the paralegal in the delivery of quality services within ethical limitations applicable to a paralegal’s function in the legal profession.
The Paralegal Studies Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education; it is dedicated to providing quality education and current technological skills so that graduates can find employment in the legal community or in a law-related field.
Program Admission Requirements
Option I: High School transcript or GED certificate and transcript; ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83; Eligibility for English Composition I. Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I.
Option II: College transcript(s) reflecting 15 credit hours or more with a 2.5 grade point average or better or an ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83; Eligibility for English Composition I. Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Paralegal Studies Program Admission Form ( PDF)
Dr. Judy Shaw
Dr. Janet Wheeler
Dr. Larry Barrett