Oakland Community College 

PARALEGAL

Associate in Applied Science (PLG.APP)

   The Paralegal Program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to provide the legal profession with qualified paraprofessionals who will perform legal research, aid in discovery and analyze evidence in preparation for litigation in the various court systems at the local, state and national levels.

Requirements for acceptance to the program:

  • Complete all Required Supportive courses with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Complete ENG 1510, ENG 1520, BUS 2030, and BUS 2040 with a grade of C+ or higher.
  • Be interviewed by the PLG Program Coordinator. This interview should be scheduled as soon as possible once the student declares an PLG major but must be scheduled prior to the student's enrollment in the first course sequence within the program.

   The American Bar Association also requires that any course substitutions be approved before starting the PLG program of study. Students should see a counselor to initiate this process.

Major Requirements Credits
PLG 2100 Legal Research I 3
PLG 2110 Litigation 4
PLG 2120 Legal Research II 4
PLG 2130 Substantive Law 4
PLG 2140 Trial Preparation 3
PLG 2160 Legal Ethics 2
PLG 2601-2609 Special Topics 2
or    
PLG 2611-2619 Special Topics 2
 
Required Supportive Courses
 
CIS 1050 Personal Computer Productivity Tools (MS-Office) 4
BUS 2030 Business Law I 3
BUS 2040 Business Law II 3
COM 1290 Interpersonal Communication 3
or    
COM 1600 Foundations of Speech 3
ENG 1510 Composition I 3
ENG 1520 Composition II 3
 
Recommended Electives
 
AST 1090 Legal Office Environment and Documentation 3
BUS 1100 Introduction to Business 4
PLG 2510 Paralegal Internship 3
   
Necessary Electives to Total 62
 
See degree requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
 
General Education Requirement
See General Education Distribution Requirements
 
NOTE: A Paralegal is not licensed to practice law but does perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are bound to the same recognized ethical standards and rules of professional responsibility as a lawyer.
 
●   Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.