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Paralegal Studies, Associate of Arts (276P, 276)


Program Coordinator

Julia F. Shadoan, julie.shadoan@wku.edu, (270) 780-2539

Like the Bachelor of Arts program, the Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies prepares for careers as paralegals and legal assistants.

The associate degree in paralegal studies is approved by the American Bar Association and requires a minimum of 66 credit hours. It is designed to be completed in four or five semesters. Students must fulfill the stated requirements to declare a paralegal major and must follow the curriculum guidelines and the course prerequisites to graduate. Paralegal degrees will be awarded to those students who complete all requirements with an overall grade point average of 2.0 (out of 4.0) and receive a grade of “C” or better in legal specialty courses.

Program Requirements (64-66 hours)

Program Prerequisites
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
PS 110American National Government3
OST 220CWord Processing3
Legal Specialty Courses
PLS 250Legal Research and Writing I3
PLS 283Property Law3
PLS 291Criminal Law and Procedure3
PLS 294Administrative Practice and Procedures3
PLS 296Family Law3
PLS 392Corporate Law3
PLS 393Civil Procedure3
PLS 395Estate Planning and Administration3
PLS 450Legal Research and Writing II3
PLS 499Internship in Paralegal Studies3
Colonnade Requirements
BUS 214CBusiness Communication3
BUS 110CBasic Accounting I3
or ACC 200C Introductory Accounting—Financial
COMM 145Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication3
MA 109CGeneral Mathematics3
or MA 116C College Algebra
Select 3 hours of Colonnade Natural and Physical Sciences courses3
Select 3 hours of Colonnade Arts/Humanities courses3
Select 3 hours of Colonnade Social and Behavioral Sciences courses3
Select 3 hours of PLS electives3