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Associate of Applied Science

Learn to investigate legal cases, draft legal documents and perform legal research under the supervision of an attorney. Program includes a paralegal internship. 

Program/Major Codes: AASLEGALASST/LAS1

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this degree?

Career options: Become a paralegal or legal assistant, title examiner, trust officer, contract clerk, legal investigator or law firm administrator.

Academic options: While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

 The general education category requirements are fulfilled by core or support courses.* 

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
PAR 101 Introduction to Paralegal Careers 3
PAR 102 Civil Litigation Procedures I 3
PAR 103 Legal Research 3
PAR 104 Paralegal Ethics 3
PAR 106 Civil and Criminal Evidence 3
PAR 202 Civil Litigation Procedures II 3
PAR 211 Legal Writing 3
PAR 213 Computer Assisted Legal Research 3
Subtotal 24

PAR Specialty Area Electives**

Complete 15-16 credits from the following list:

Course # Course Title Credits
PAR 203 Tort Law Procedures 3
PAR 204 Wills, Trusts, and Estates 3
PAR 206 Criminal Law and Procedures I 3
PAR 207 Criminal Law and Procedures II 3
PAR 208 Domestic Relations and Family Law 3
PAR 209 Bankruptcy Procedures 3
PAR 212 Law Office Computerization 3
PAR 215 Corporate Law Procedures 3
PAR 217 Real Estate Legal Procedures 3
PAR 218 Administrative Law: Employment 1
PAR 219 Administrative Law: Immigration 1
PAR 220 Administrative Law: Social Security 1
PAR 290 Paralegal Internship*** 4
Subtotal 15-16

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ACC 100
  or ACC 211
Practical Accounting Procedures
  Financial Accounting [SUN# ACC 2201]
  or CIS 120
Computer Fundamentals
  Computer Applications for Business
MAT 142 Topics in College Mathematics**** [SUN# MAT 1142] 3
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy [SUN# PHI 1101] 3
POS 201 American National Government and Politics [SUN# POS 1110] 3
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
WRT 101 English Composition I  [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 22-23
Total 61-63

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication Requirement: WRT 101; Arts and Humanities - PHI 101; Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement - POS 201; Mathematics and Science - MAT 142; Other Requirements - CIS/CSA 104 or CIS 120; Special Requirements - POS 201.

** Specialty courses are not offered every semester. Consult the online class schedule, or meet with an advisor or PAR faculty member to determine class offerings.

*** This internship is designed to give students work experience at an approved site.  For students in their final semester of course work.  Application and acceptance required.

**** MAT 151 or higher will also meet this requirement