Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies

Stark State students visit the Ohio Supreme Court as
part of the Torts and Personal Injury Law class.

Stark State College has begun the first phase of its new Paralegal Studies program.

This intense and demanding program will prepare you for the challenges of working in the legal field. You’ll gain office skills as well as an understanding of the law. Local attorneys teach the law courses.

Paralegals assist attorneys in the preparation of legal documents, conduct legal research, interview clients, and perform a variety of other tasks in a law office.  Paralegals may be employed by private law firms or work in government offices.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101
Student Success Seminar
AOT121
Keyboarding/Formatting
IRT131
Legal Terminology
PLS121
Introduction to Paralegal Studies
PLS123
Legal Ethics
ENG124
College Composition
AOT129
Keyboarding/Skill Building
AOT130
Editing, Proofreading, and Language
 
Skills
AOT235
Legal Research and Writing
PLS122
Civil Litigation
PLS221
Torts and Personal Injury Law
BIO126
Science, Energy & the Environment
AOT239
Legal Transcription
PLS222
Family Law
PLS223
Property & Probate Law
PLS224
Criminal Law and Procedures for
 
the Paralegal
COM121
Effective Speaking
SOC225
Cultural Diversity
AOT237
Legal Office Applications
PLS227
Paralegal Studies Practicum and Seminar
PSC121
Political Science
MTH108
Explorations in Modern Mathematics
   
TOTAL CREDITS 63

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies

  •  paralegal
  • legal assistant

Legal assistants perform some of the same duties as paralegals, such a conducting research or assisting in drafting documents.  However, legal assistants also perform more “office oriented” administrative duties, such as filing and scheduling. Consequently, legal assistants usually need to possess a secretarial or clerical background in addition to their legal training. In contrast, paralegals are more directly involved with legal case work than legal assistants. Their career preparation requires a more extensive legal background, as well as in-depth training in legal research and case resolution; most paralegals have an associate degree or bachelor’s degree.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for paralegals are growing faster than average compared to other occupations. In fact, in 2008, the Bureau projected a growth of twenty-eight percent in jobs for paralegals and legal assistants by the year 2018. The average salary for a paralegal is about $46,000 annually.

  • private law firms
  • the insurance industry
  • court systems