Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Paralegal Studies

Social Sciences

1008 Cedar Hall

319-398-1241

www.kirkwood.edu/socialsciences

Entry time
Fall, Spring, Summer

Award

Associate of Applied Science (4 terms)

Paralegals are legal professionals who assist attorneys in all areas of the law. An attorney 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-attorneys.

Kirkwood Community College is a longstanding member of the American Association of Paralegal Education. Kirkwood's Paralegal Studies helps prepare students for entry level positions in the paralegal profession. The plan of study also provides career-enhancing credentials for people already employed in law related work. Graduates work in law firms, corporate legal departments and other business and government offices such as prosecutors' offices, banks, title companies and insurance companies. 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. Students planning to pursue a degree at a four-year institution follow the Liberal Arts program requirements while at Kirkwood, completing general education and Paralegal elective courses that prepare them to transfer.

Graduates who have gone on to law school after completing their bachelor’s degree have found their paralegal education at Kirkwood served as an excellent pre-law experience. In addition, any student wishing to explore a legal career will find program courses useful. Introduction to Law, the first law class, satisfies three credit hours of social science requirement toward an A.A. (Associate of Arts) or A.A.S. (Associate of Applied Science) degree. It is recommended that you work closely with your paralegal advisor.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

PRL-103

Introduction to Law

3

ENG-120

College Writing OR

5

ENG-105

Composition I AND

 

ENG-106

Composition II OR

 

ENG-108

Composition II: Technical Writing

 

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR

3

SPC-112

Public Speaking

 

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy OR

1

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers

 

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Humanities or History/Culture Course

3

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Math Course

3

 

 

18

Term 2

PRL-116

Fundamentals of Legal Research & Writing

3

PRL-176

Civil Litigation

3

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Program Elective

3

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Social Sciences Course

3

 

 

12

Term 3

PRL-117

Advanced Legal Research & Writing

3

PRL-174

Contracts

3

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Humanities or History/Culture Course

3

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Social Sciences Course

3

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Program Elective

6

 

 

18

Term 4

PRL-133

Torts

3

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Humanities or History/Culture Course

3

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Science Course

3

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Program Elective

6

 

 

15

Total program credit hours

63

Program Electives:

PRL-121

Investigation for Paralegals

3

PRL-138

Bankruptcy Law

3

PRL-143

Business Organization Law

3

PRL-146

Secured Transactions

3

PRL-151

Real Estate Law

3

PRL-161

Family Law

3

PRL-166

Estate Planning/Administration

3

PRL-186

Employment Law Topics

3

PRL-187

Workers' Compensation

3

PRL-192

Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal

3

PRL-932

Internship

3

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