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Paralegal Studies (A.S.): FSCJ Academic Programs

Resources for the Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) program.

Associate in Science

Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) (2299) (A.S.)

Associate in Science

The mission of the Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) program is to educate, train, and develop students for careers as paralegals and legal assistants. The program emphasizes legal research, writing, law related technology, communication, ethics, and critical thinking skills so that students enter the legal profession well prepared. 

The American Bar Association defines a paralegal/legal assistant as “a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

Employment opportunities may include private law firms, courthouses, governmental or administrative agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and other legal environments.

Advanced Technical Certificate

Paralegal Studies (4104) (A.T.C.)

Advanced Technical Certificate

The Advanced Technical Certificate (A.T.C.) is exclusively for the student who has earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and is now seeking a career change or certification. 

The Paralegal Studies courses identified in this A.T.C. will meet the educational requirements for the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) examination administered nationwide by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). 

All courses in this technical certificate are also included in the Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) (2299) (A.S.) degree.