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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 Anita Tebbe for more information. The Legal Studies Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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

IMPORTANT - Students planning to graduate with a Paralegal degree must complete one of the approved cultural diversity courses. Some of the approved courses are able to meet both the cultural diversity requirement and a general education requirement. To see a complete list of approved courses, click on the link provided below.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirement

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
Science and Mathematics Electives ^^^3
Total Hours12

Humanities Elective


Social Science and/or Economics Elective


Science and Mathematics Electives

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 Research3
Science and Mathematics Elective ^^3
Health and/or Physical Education Elective ^^^1
Total Hours16

Humanities Elective


Science and Mathematics Electives


Health and/or Physical Education Elective

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 Mathematics Electives ^3
Social Science and/or Economics Electives ^^3
Total Hours17

Science and Mathematics Electives


Social Science and/or Economics Elective

Paralegal Electives

LAW 140Alternative Dispute Resolution*3
LAW 142Torts*3
LAW 148Criminal Litigation3
LAW 152Real Estate Law3
LAW 162Family Law3
LAW 165Forensic Science and the Law3
LAW 171Law Office Management3
LAW 175Environmental Policy and Law3
LAW 212Business Organizations3
LAW 226Immigration Law3
LAW 241Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration3
LAW 245Elder Law3
LAW 247Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 266Employment Law3
LAW 269Bankruptcy Law3
LAW 270Administrative Law3
LAW 275Paralegal Internship I1
LAW 276Paralegal Internship II*1

Total Program Hours: 64