1997-98 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Course Description Index

Paralegal Studies

College of Rural Alaska
Tanana Valley Campus
(907) 474-7400

Degree: A.A.S.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 60 credits

The paralegal studies curriculum leads to an associate of applied science degree for individuals aspiring to enter the legal community, state and federal agencies, insurance companies, banks and title companies as paralegal personnel. The core curriculum of 33 credits is based on model curricula published by the American Bar Association and designed to assure that students receive fundamental education in the vocabulary and process of the paralegal profession.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Paralegal Studies -- A.A.S. Degree

Students must complete ENGL 111X with a grade of "C" or above prior to admission to the program.

  1. Complete the following general university and A.A.S. requirements:

    ENGL 111X and ENGL 211X, 212*, or 213X (6 credits)
    COMM 131X or 141X (3 credits)
    Mathematics or Natural Science:
    A math or natural science course at the 100 level or above (3 credits)
    PS 101 -- Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 credits)
  2. Complete the following major degree requirements:
    CIOS 150 -- Computer Applications (3 credits)
    PLS 101 -- Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 credits)
    PLS 203 -- Torts (3 credits)
    PLS 210 -- Civil Procedure (3 credits)
    PLS 213 -- Criminal Law for Paralegals (3 credits)
    PLS 215 -- Contracts/Real Property (3 credits)
    PLS 240 -- Family Law (3 credits)
    PLS 299 -- Practicum (3 credits)
    PS 303 -- Introduction to Legal Processes (3 credits)
    PS 404 -- Introduction to Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
    PS 435 -- The Supreme Court and Judicial Process
         or PS 436 -- The Courts and Civil Liberties (3 credits)
  3. Complete 12 credits of general electives (12 credits)
    Recommended electives: CIOS 160, CIOS 260, BA 317, BA 330, ANS 425, ABUS 241, or coursework fulfilling UAF core requirements.

    Degree Total (60 credits)

*ENGL 212 does not fulfill the second half of the written communication requirement for the baccalaureate degree.