Paralegal/Legal Studies, A.S.
Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee Community College offers an Associate’s degree (A.S.) in Paralegal/Legal Studies for anyone looking to become a paralegal or to assist a legal services team professionally. The coursework also serves as introduction for students who might be considering law school. The program is 64 credit hours in length.
Admission requirements include a high school or GED diploma as well as meeting the minimum score on the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, SAT or ACT.
The program consists of four major sections which are General Education (18 hrs.), Program-specific courses (37 hrs.), Program Electives (3 hrs) and History (6 hrs). The General Education courses are College Composition and one course from each of the following areas: Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Science and Social Science.
The Program-specific courses are as follows: Legal Concepts of Business, The Law of Business, Introduction to the Legal Process, Legal Research, Family Law, Litigation Procedures parts I and II, Law Office Procedures and Management, Legal Writing, Real Estate Law and Property Transactions, Wills, Trusts and Probate, and an Applied Ethics Seminar.
Students may choose one of the following courses for their elective: Lobbying and Legislative Law, Technology and Professional Programs Internship, Florida Administrative Law, Microcomputer Applications for Business, and Criminal Law. Finally, students may select any two college level History courses.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Founded in 1966, the public two-year Tallahassee Community College initially opened to serve the counties of Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla. Since its founding, the college has continued to grow, and today, nearly 15,000 students, including out-of-state and international students, attend TCC. TCC has developed a mission “to provide a learning environment that prepares students for success in a global economy by offering higher education pathways, workforce opportunities and civic engagement experiences.”
Students can pursue associate’s degrees, certificate programs, and workforce training. And though TCC only offers two-year programs, many students can transfer into four-year programs and complete bachelor’s degrees on-campus through articulation agreements with other Florida state higher education institutions. Students can attend on-campus day and evening classes, in addition to enrolling in online coursework which is housed in the Center for Distance Learning. More than 500 online classes are offered at TCC annually, including three online degrees.
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