Paralegal | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Paralegals play an important role within the legal system, providing support to attorneys, law offices, government agencies and corporations. By taking Paralegal courses, you'll learn how to research legal precedent, perform investigative work on cases, and prepare legal documents.

Program Outcomes:

  • Explain the basic theories, doctrines, concepts and associated principles that comprise the knowledge base of law, with specific emphasis on torts, contracts, wills and trusts, civil procedure, litigation, family law, business organizations, real estate and criminal law.

  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and prioritize complex factual and legal issues.

  • Use communication and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with clients, attorneys, judges, court personnel and coworkers.

  • Draft legal documents.

  • Use legal-research skills to evaluate legal situations and find relevant primary and secondary law.

  • Know the ethical rules and concerns of the legal profession, including the prohibition against the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers.

  • Gain a well-rounded general education and a greater awareness of cultural perspectives of the law, as well as a healthy respect for its historical development, institutions and the belief in equal access to justice for all.


CISQ 1103 Intro to Computer Information
COMM 1303H Public Speaking, Honors
ENGL 1013H Composition I, Honors
LEGL 1043 Intro to Law and Legal Assistance
LEGL 1104 Legal Research

ENGL 1023H Composition II, Honors
LEGL 2133 Torts
LEGL 2383 Legal Ethics

(Choice of math class AND a choice of history or American national government. See degree plan for options.)


LEGL 2323 Civil Procedure/Litigation
LEGL 2253 Family Law
LEGL 2553 Real Estate Law
LEGL 2643 Contracts/UCC
PSYC 2003H General Psychology, Honors


LEGL 1133 Legal Writing>LEGL 1133 Legal Writing
LEGL 2753 Wills, Estates and Trusts
LEGL 2773 Business Organizations

Choose ONE
 LEGL 2923 Computers in the Law
 legl 29LV and 2713 needs added

Choose One Elective
 CMJS 2013 Intro to Criminal Justice
 CMJS 2023 Introduction to Criminology
 CMJS 2033 Criminal Law and Society
 CMJS 2043 Criminal Procedures
 CMJS 2463 Child Abuse and Neglect: Pers
 CMJS 2474 Child Maltreat: Prof and Sys Res

Associate of Applied Science Degree:

AAS in Paralegal Studies 

The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for employment purposes and it should not be assumed that the degree or the courses in the degree can be transferred to another institution. While a few institutions accept some courses in A.A.S. programs, the general rule is that courses in A.A.S. degrees are not accepted in transfer toward bachelor's degrees. Students planning to transfer should get assurances in writing and in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.

Paralegal Careers:

Those with a paralegal education may find career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Law Firms
  • Court Systems and Offices
  • Government Agencies
  • Corporate and Business Legal Departments
  • Insurance Companies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate Companies
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Community Service Agencies
  • Consumer Organizations