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Paralegal

10-110-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 62 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Online

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Become an essential member of the legal office team with a paralegal degree. You'll work under the supervision of lawyers to draft and interpret legal documents; select, compile and use technical legal information; analyze and resolve legal procedural problems; and recognize and manage potential ethical conflicts. Your work will support and prepare attorneys with investigation, interviews and preparation, though paralegals cannot give legal advice or represent clients in court. Courses cover legal research, legal technology and law office management. Industry professionals teach the procedures and the laws you need to function effectively in a law office or a related legal field. The program includes a paralegal internship where you will practice the knowledge and skills you gained in class.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Technical Studies (44 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Business Law 1
10-102-103
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Introduces legal principles and standard business law concepts and their implications for business. It emphasizes contracts, sales, commercial paper, bailment, agency and real property, with references to the Uniform Commercial Code and recent consumer legislation.
Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics
10-110-101
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides students with an introduction to the legal profession, court system, legal ethics, legal terminology, research, law office management concepts and procedures, and the role of paralegals.
Accounting, Principles of
10-101-107
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Introduces basic concepts and general principles of accounting to non-accounting students. Topics include financial statements, merchandising accounting for cash, inventory, payroll, budgeting and accounting software.
MS Office Suite, Introduction
10-103-120
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Provides an opportunity to gain technical skills employers are seeking, by using the features in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Through hand- on course work, students will be able to integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Legal Research and Writing
10-110-108
4Credit
72
144
72 hours in class and estimate 144 hours outside of class. Focuses on the application of legal research and writing techniques using traditional and computer-assisted resources and federal and state materials. Incorporates writing skills that cover various internal and external legal documents. One class period will be held at the UW Law Library in Madison, WI.
Coreq; Intro to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics 10110101
Civil Litigation Procedures
10-110-151
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides students with outlines of the stages of civil litigation including initial client contact, investigation, pleadings, and motions. Covers the civil litigation procedure during discovery, trial, and appeal.
Coreq: Intro to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics 10110101
Family Law
10-110-106
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Familiarizes the student with basic legal concepts involved in the area of family relations. Primary emphasis is in the field of divorce. Additional topics include children in need of protection and services, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, and court procedures relating to family law.
Prereq: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10110101)
Paralegal Technical Skills
10-110-109
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Provides paralegal students with the fundamentals of law office organization and technology. Topics include organization and utilization of support personnel, time and billing systems, budgets, case and file management, calendaring and docket control, and accounting systems in a law office. Students will demonstrate knowledge of these topics from an ethical perspective.
Prereq: Intro to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics 10110101
Administration of Estates
10-110-114
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. An in-depth course dealing with wills, trusts, estates, and probate. Identifies techniques for fact gathering, income and death tax principles, use of trusts, probate, and administration of terms of wills.
Prereq: Intro to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics 10110101
Legal Aspects/Business Organizations
10-110-107
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focus is on the formation, operations, and dissolution of types of business organizations, and substantive and procedural law involving business organizations.
Prereq: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10110101)
Paralegal Internship
10-110-142
3Credit
162
36
162 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides attorney-supervised work experience in a legal environment. Each student completes a minimum of 144 hours working as an intern. Course is designed for the student to take during the final semester of the program.
Prereq: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10110101)
Paralegal Criminal Procedures
10-110-168
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focus is on substantive and procedural criminal law, the role of paralegals in both the prosecution and defense of criminal actions, with emphasis on investigations and preparation of legal documents.
Prereq: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10110101)
Select a total of 9 credits from these options
Real Estate Law
10-110-110
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focus is on the law of real property, forms of ownership, land description methods, public and private encumbrances, real estate contracts, deeds, financing sources, title evidence, and the closing process.
Employment Law for Paralegals
10-110-160
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides students with an understanding of the analysis of federal and state laws governing employment relationships, job discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace privacy, labor standards, and human resource management.
Prereq: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10110101)
Insurance Law for Paralegals
10-110-111
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Study of laws and states regulation of insurance. Topics include the insurance contract, the role of insurance agents, insurable interest, insurer's defenses, forfeiture and exclusion of risk, election and waiver, no-fault statutes, and the various types of insurance.
Medical Terminology
10-501-101
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Business Law 2
10-102-157
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Discusses employment, business organizations, ethics, computer law and insurance.
Prereq: Business Law 1 (10102103)
Bankruptcy Law
10-110-153
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides students with an introduction to bankruptcy law with emphasis on the paralegal’s role. Topics include individual and business liquidation and reorganization, debtor’s and creditor’s rights, litigation proceedings in bankruptcy court, legal concepts and terminology relating to bankruptcy law, ethical considerations for paralegals working in this area, and current computer applications utilized in bankruptcy practice.
Prereq: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10110101)

General Studies (18 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-166
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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