Associate of Applied Science Degree - Paralegal/Law

Location: RDMT 207P
Phone: 775-673-7098
Fax: 775-674-7514
Website: http://www.tmcc.edu/paralegal/

Paralegals assist attorneys in a variety of settings such as private legal practices, the public legal system, and corporate legal departments. TMCC’s paralegal/law Associate of Applied Science program is the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved program in Nevada.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Exhibit knowledge of the following areas of the law: torts, civil procedure, ethics, and real property.
  • Demonstrate the ability to do basic legal research and basic legal writing.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to obtain entry-level employment as a paralegal.
 

The LAW 101 (Fundamentals of Law I) course is open to all students. Upon completion of LAW 101 with a grade of ‘B’ or better a student may register for additional LAW courses through normal registration procedures as long as the proper prerequisites have been met. A student must maintain a 3.0 GPA average through all legal specialty coursework to graduate with an AAS degree in paralegal. Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester units of paralegal “legal specialty” courses in a live traditional classroom format, or acceptable equivalents, as specified by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals. Transfer units intended to satisfy legal specialty units will be reviewed by the program coordinator for course content to ensure that the course(s) satisfy ABA requirements. No more than 12 semester units will be allowed via transfer for legal specialty courses. No legal specialty transfer units are allowed via examination or portfolio. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

AAS degrees are non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
Communications/English6
Recommended:
Business Letters and Reports
Composition I
Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Humanities:
All Foreign Languages
Ancient and Medieval Cultures
The Modern World
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
European Civilization to 1648
European Civilization since 1648
Nevada History
Introduction to Humanities I
Introduction to Humanities II
All Philosophy courses
Introduction to Theater
Social Science:
All Anthropology courses except ANTH 102
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
All Geography courses except GEOG 103
All History courses
Lifespan Human Development
All Political Science courses
All Psychology courses
All Sociology courses
Human Relations3
Select one of the following:
Supervision
Principles of Management
Leadership and Human Relations
Organizational Behavior
Mathematics3
Select from MATH courses 100 or above (except MATH 100, MATH 105, MATH 107, MATH 108, MATH 122, MATH 123, MATH 190)
Science3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
3 units required. Select from the following: 1, 3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change 3
US History to 1877
and U. S. History since 1877
US History to 1877
and Nevada History
US History to 1877
and Nevada Constitution
US History to 1877
and Survey of State and Local Government
Survey of U.S. Constitutional History
Introduction to American Politics
Degree Requirements
IS 101Introduction to Information Systems3
LAW 101Fundamentals of Law I (LS) 23
LAW 203Real Property (LS) 23
LAW 204Torts (LS) 23
LAW 205Contracts (LS) 23
LAW 231Procedure - Civil (LS) 23
LAW 259Legal Writing (LS) 23
LAW 261Legal Research I (LS) 23
LAW 263Ethics (LS) 23
LAW 264Civil Evidence (LS) 23
Elective Requirements
Select 12 units from the following:12
Special Topics Legal Assistant
Procedure - Criminal (LS) 2
Business Structures (LS) 2
Bankruptcy (LS) 2
Family Law (LS) 2
Probate Procedures (LS) 2
Supervised Field Experience (LS) 2
Total Units63
1

May also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

2

"LS" denotes legal specialty courses. A student must maintain a 3.0 GPA average through all legal specialty coursework to graduate with an AAS degree in Paralegal. 

3

 A course used to satisfy the US. & Nevada Constitution requirement may also apply to an additional degree requirement. 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Communications/English 4 3
Human Relations 4 3
Science 3 3
IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems 3
LAW 101 Fundamentals of Law I 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Communications/English 4 3
Mathematics 4 3
LAW 261 Legal Research I 3
LAW 263 Ethics 3
 Semester Total12
3rd semester
Elective 4 3
LAW 203 Real Property 3
LAW 205 Contracts 3
LAW 259 Legal Writing 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 4 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 4 6
 Semester Total6
5th semester
Elective 4 3
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science/Diversity 4 3
LAW 204 Torts 3
LAW 231 Procedure - Civil 3
LAW 264 Civil Evidence 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units63
3

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.

4

See program recommendations or requirements.