Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies


What qualities should an Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies student have?

Paralegal Studies students should possess the following qualities:

  • 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
    • Self-confidence
    • Persistence
    • Assertiveness
    • Initiative
    • 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?

List of Program Level Student Learning Outcomes
(Original August 2002; revised July 2006; revised August 2006; revised May 2011)
Graduates of The Institute for Legal Studies will possess nine competencies:

  1. Identify and assess ethical and professional responsibility issues.
  2. Define and use legal terminology.
  3. Differentiate federal and state court structure and procedures.
  4. Conduct factual investigations in an organized manner.
  5. Conduct legal research in an organized manner.
  6. Analyze and interpret the law in an organized manner.
  7. Prepare legal documents, including pleadings, memoranda and legally operative forms.
  8. Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for the legal field.
  9. 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?

The program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are 1,000 colleges offering Paralegal Studies but only 260 have ABA approval.

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.

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies Course Requirements

100 Credit Hours
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.
CourseTitlesCredit Hours
Total Credit Hours100
AOM 120Word Processing4
BUS 224Professional Development4
COM 214Public Speaking4
CSC 118Computer Applications I4
ENG 101Composition I4
ENG 102Composition II4
MGT 114Business Organization and Management4
MTH 101College Mathematics4
PLS 114Introduction to Law and the Legal System4
PLS 134Legal Research4
PLS 144Legal Writing4
PLS 154Tort Law4
PLS 184Business Organizations and Commercial Practice4
PLS 204Criminal Law4
PLS 214Estate Planning and Administration4
PLS 224Litigation4
PLS 234Real Estate Law4
PLS 244Domestic Relations/Family Law4
PLS 262Basic Legal Ethics2
PLS 272Paralegal Externship or Research Project2
PLS 284Computers in the Law Office4
PSA 260Spanish for Public Safety Professionals OR Elective - any topic4
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.

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