Legal Assisting Technology - A.A.S.

Regional College
Dean's Office
384 Library
Kent Campus
330-672-2279
rcdean@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/regional-college


Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Legal Assisting Technology prepares students to work as legal assistants under the supervision of an attorney in all areas of law and law-related practice. The program consists of legal assisting, law-related and general studies courses.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • East Liverpool Campus
  • Trumbull Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, and the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of the practice of law, including private, governmental (all levels), the judiciary and corporate or other business settings.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of professional and ethical conduct for lawyers, and their application to legal assistants.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to recognize, organize and prioritize their work to be as efficient as they can.
  4. Perform legal research using traditional and new technologies, and to apply the research to real cases.
  5. Demonstrate substantive knowledge in legal practice areas appropriate for paralegals, including family law, estate and probate administration and civil litigation.
  6. Draft various legal documents in various areas.
 
 

University Requirements

All students in an applied or technical associate degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE: University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements, please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Kent Core (see table below)15
Total Credit Hour Requirement60
Some associate degrees require students to complete more than 60 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 3
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
PLST 18000INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS 3
PLST 28001LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 3
PLST 28003FAMILY LAW AND PROCEDURE 3
PLST 28004PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF LITIGATION 3
PLST 28007ESTATE AND PROBATE ADMINISTRATION 3
PLST 36792INTERNSHIP IN PARALEGAL (ELR) 3
PLST 38006APPLIED LEGAL RESEARCH AND LITIGATION (WIC) 3
Technical Electives, choose from the following:12
FUNDAMENTALS OF TAX PREPARATION
INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS I
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
INTRODUCTION TO JUSTICE STUDIES
BASIC INTERVIEWING
THE INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS
ISSUES IN LAW AND SOCIETY (KSS)
CRIMINAL LAW
CRIMINAL PROCEDURES AND EVIDENCE
COURT FUNCTIONS
TORT LAW
CONTRACT LAW
LAW OF CORPORATIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS
Addditional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ACTT 11000ACCOUNTING I: FINANCIAL 4
BMRT 11000INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
COMT 11000INTRODUCTION TO OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY APPS 3
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
or SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition 16
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts3
Kent Core Basic Sciences3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:65
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 3 credit hours are required for Kent Core (University Requirements). This program requires a total of 6 credit hours to earn the degree.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
COMT 11000 INTRODUCTION TO OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY APPS 3
!PLST 18000 INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
ACTT 11000 ACCOUNTING I: FINANCIAL 4
BMRT 11000 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
!PLST 28001 LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 3
Technical Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!PLST 28004 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF LITIGATION 3
!PLST 38006 APPLIED LEGAL RESEARCH AND LITIGATION (WIC) 3
PSYC 11762
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
3
Technical Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Four
!PLST 28003 FAMILY LAW AND PROCEDURE 3
!PLST 28007 ESTATE AND PROBATE ADMINISTRATION 3
!PLST 36792 INTERNSHIP IN PARALEGAL (ELR) 3
Technical Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:65