Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Paralegal

Social Sciences/Career Options

1048 Cedar Hall

319-398-1241

www.kirkwood.edu/careeroptions

Entry time

Fall, Spring or Summer

Award

Associate of Arts degree

2 years (4 semesters)

Associate of Science/Career Option degree is also available. See program coordinator for information.

Paralegals are legal professionals who assist lawyers. A lawyer may delegate any legal work to a paralegal, except tasks that involve giving legal advice or representing a client in court (although paralegals may assist at trial). Iowa prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers.

Kirkwood’s American Bar Association-approved program prepares students for entry-level positions, or provides career-enhancing credentials for those already employed in law-related work. Program graduates who went to law school said their paralegal education at Kirkwood was an excellent pre-law experience. Even students wanting to only explore law careers will find the program’s courses useful.

The program coordinator shall have discretion to evaluate and approve the transfer of all legal specialty courses. A maximum transfer of eight credits of legal specialty course work is allowed. Paralegal Internship (PRL-932) must be taken through Kirkwood.

Career opportunities: banks, insurance companies, government offices, title companies.

Required Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester (Fall)

ENG-105

Composition I

3

PRL-101

Paralegal Studies Orientation

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

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Humanities core

3

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Social Science core

3

 

 

15

Second Semester (Spring)

ENG-106

Composition II

3

PRL-105

Legal Ethics

1

PRL-110

Fundamentals of Legal Research and Writing

2

–––––––

Paralegal elective

2

–––––––

Math core

3

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Humanities - Arts & Ideas

3

–––––––

Social Science core

3

 

 

17

Third Semester (Fall)

PRL-111

Advanced Legal Research and Writing

2

PRL-130

Torts

2

PRL-175

Contracts

2

–––––––

History/Cultures Core

3

–––––––

Humanities - Literature

3

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Science core

3

 

 

15

Fourth Semester (Spring)

PRL-176

Civil Litigation

3

PRL-932

Internship

3

–––––––

Paralegal elective

4

–––––––

History/Cultures core

3

–––––––

Science core

3

 

 

16

Total program credit hours

63