Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Paralegal

The expanding role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services has created increased opportunities with private law firms, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title firms, banks, and government agencies. If you are interested in entering this career field, you should be aware that although the number of jobs for trained paralegals is rising, competition for these positions is increasing. A minimum of 18 hours of legal specialty courses must be taken at Johnson County Community College. Please contact Jay Nadlman for more information.


JCCC, as an ABA approved paralegal program, requires its students to take at least ten semester credits through traditional classroom instruction.

The paralegal program at JCCC:

  • Has a challenging curriculum
  • Requires that you possess excellent communication skills, analytical ability and a high level of motivation
  • Is approved by the American Bar Association
  • Is a selective admission program based on various academic and testing criteria

Suggested Sample Course Sequence

Students may take any number of courses each semester that will also allow them to fulfill their other personal and professional responsibilities.

(Major Code 264A; State CIP Code 22.0302)

Associate of Arts Degree

Prerequisites: Prior to admission

ENGL 121Composition I*3
LAW 121Introduction to Law3
LAW 123Paralegal Professional Studies1
Total Hours7

First Semester

SPD 120Interpersonal Communication3
or SPD 121 Public Speaking
or SPD 125 Personal Communication
Humanities Elective ^3
Social Science and/or Economics Electives ^3
Mathematics Electives ^3
Total Hours12

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Second Semester

Following admission to the paralegal program:

Paralegal Electives (see below)3
ENGL 122Composition II*3
LAW 134Introduction to Legal Technology*3
LAW 132Civil Litigation*3
Total Hours12

Third Semester

Paralegal Electives (see below)6
Humanities Elective ^3
LAW 195Legal Research*3
Science course with lab ^4
Total Hours16

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Fourth Semester

Paralegal Electives (see below)2
LAW 271Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation*3
LAW 205Legal Analysis and Writing*3
LAW 201Advanced Legal Technology*3
Science and/or Mathematics Electives ^2
Social Science and/or Economics Electives ^3
Total Hours16

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Paralegal Electives

LAW 140Alternative Dispute Resolution*3
LAW 142Torts*3
LAW 148Criminal Litigation*3
LAW 152Real Estate Law*3
LAW 162Family Law*3
LAW 165Forensic Science and the Law3
LAW 171Law Office Management3
LAW 212Business Organizations*3
LAW 226Immigration Law*3
LAW 241Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration*3
LAW 245Elder Law*3
LAW 247Intellectual Property Law*3
LAW 266Employment Law*3
LAW 269Bankruptcy Law*3
LAW 270Administrative Law*3
LAW 275Paralegal Internship I*1
LAW 276Paralegal Internship II*1

Total Program Hours: 63