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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/LAS

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 2017-2018

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 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

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ACC 100 Practical Accounting Procedures 3
 or ACC 211   Financial Accounting [SUN# ACC 2201]   
CIS/CSA 104 Computer Fundamentals 3
CMN 110 Public Speaking 3
POS 201 American National Government and Politics [SUN# POS 1110] 3
 or POS 210   National and State Constitutions   
WRT 101 English Composition I  [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3

Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement

Select six credits from the following courses only:

Mathematics Category:
The Mathematics competency requirement must be met by assessment or by completing any MAT course at the 100 level or higher except MAT 108.
Science Category:
AST 101IN102IN, 105INBIO 100IN or higher (except BIO 296, 299, 299WK);  CHM 121IN or higher (except CHM 290, 295LB); GEO 101, 102; GLG 101IN [SUN# GLG 1101], 102IN; PHY 121IN [SUN# PHY 1111], or 122IN [SUN# PHY 1112], or 210IN, [SUN# PHY1121] or 216IN [SUN# PHY 1131], 221IN
Critical Thinking Category:
PHI 120  [SUN# PHI 1103]

Humanities and Social Science Requirement

Complete three credits:

Humanities and Fine Arts Category:
ANT 112, 148, 205, 206; ART 130 [SUN# ART 1101], 131 [SUN# ART 1102]; HIS 101, 102, 113, 114, 122, 124, 141,[SUN# HIS 1131], 142, [SUN# 1132]148, 160, 161,; HUM 251, 252, 253, 260; LIT 261; REL 234****;
Any AGEC categorical requirement from the "Other Requirements Options:" (c) Second Language list with a "G" designation
Social and Behavioral Science Category:
POS 201 or 210 fulfill 3 of the 6 required credits in Humanities and Social Science
Subtotal 27
Total 66

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication Requirement: WRT 101 and 102; Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement - Math and Science support courses; Humanities and Social Sciences Requirement - Humanities and Social Science support courses; Computer and Information Literacy - CIS/CSA 104.

** 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.

**** REL 234 is no longer offered, but will meet the requirement for students that have already taken the course.