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Paralegal Studies, AS

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The Associate in Science (AS) in Paralegal Studies is designed for students seeking a professional career in a law-related field. The program trains students in many diverse areas of law. The content includes, but is not limited to, legal research and legal writing, litigation and trial practice, corporate law, wills, estates and trusts, tort law, family law, law office management, real property law, tax law, criminal law, constitutional law, ethics and code of professional responsibility, contract law, employability skills, leadership and human relations skills, and health and safety.

The Florida SouthWestern State College Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 64 credit hours in the following areas: 18 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 43 credit hours of Paralegal Studies Core Requirements, and 3 credit hours of Open Electives.

Course Prerequisites

Many courses require prerequisites. Check the description of each course in the list below to check for prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, and other restrictions related to the course. Students must complete all prerequisites for a course prior to registering for it.


Students must fulfill all requirements of their program major in order to be eligible for graduation. Students must indicate their intention to attend commencement ceremony, by completing the Commencement Form by the published deadline.

General Education Requirements: 18 Credit Hours

Paralegal Studies, AS Degree Open Elective Requirements: 3 Credit Hours

  • Electives may be taken from any 1000 and 2000 level courses

Total Degree Requirements: 64 Credit Hours

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