- Writing or communication skills needed day to day; professional business and legal writing skills are a must
- Personality traits/soft skills the industry looks for:
- High personal standards
- Positive work ethic
- A need to know
- An ability to collect, organize, review, evaluate and draw conclusions
- Dedication to continuing education and skill development
- Being a self-starter
- Technical/hard skills used:
- Electronic research skills
- Organizational skills
- Ability to conceptualize
- Ability to prioritize
- Time management skills
- Research skills
- Document drafting skills
- Computer skills
What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program?
(Original August 2002; revised July 2006; revised August 2006; revised May 2011)
Graduates of The Institute for Legal Studies will possess nine competencies:
- Identify and assess ethical and professional responsibility issues.
- Define and use legal terminology.
- Differentiate federal and state court structure and procedures.
- Conduct factual investigations in an organized manner.
- Conduct legal research in an organized manner.
- Analyze and interpret the law in an organized manner.
- Prepare legal documents, including pleadings, memoranda and legally operative forms.
- Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for the legal field.
- Use legal technology and determine its impact on the practice of law.
What is the most important or unique thing about Sullivan’s Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program?
In addition, our stature within the legal community on the state and local levels, particularly our involvement with the Kentucky Paralegal Association and the Louisville Association of Paralegals, gives our students and graduates an advantage.
Length: 18 months
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.
|Total Credit Hours||100|
|AOM 120||Word Processing||4|
|BUS 224||Professional Development||4|
|COM 214||Public Speaking||4|
|CSC 118||Computer Applications I||4|
|ENG 101||Composition I||4|
|ENG 102||Composition II||4|
|MGT 114||Business Organization and Management||4|
|MTH 101||College Mathematics||4|
|PLS 114||Introduction to Law and the Legal System||4|
|PLS 134||Legal Research||4|
|PLS 144||Legal Writing||4|
|PLS 154||Tort Law||4|
|PLS 184||Business Organizations and Commercial Practice||4|
|PLS 204||Criminal Law||4|
|PLS 214||Estate Planning and Administration||4|
|PLS 234||Real Estate Law||4|
|PLS 244||Domestic Relations/Family Law||4|
|PLS 262||Basic Legal Ethics||2|
|PLS 272||Paralegal Externship or Research Project||2|
|PLS 284||Computers in the Law Office||4|
|PSA 260||Spanish for Public Safety Professionals OR Elective - any topic||4|
|General Studies Electives (16 Additional Credit Hours)||16|
|Students must choose four additional General Education classes, including at least one from the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category, one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences category, and one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.|