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Legal Assisting Technology, AAB


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AAB Legal Assisting

Legal assistants, also called paralegals, perform many tasks in legal offices while working under the supervision of attorneys. 

Their responsibilities may include:

    Legal and factual research

    Interviewing clients and witnesses

    Reviewing and organizing material for cases

    Drafting legal documents and forms

    Functioning as a member of a legal team

Jobs for the legal assistant vary in scope and nature from small to large law firms, financial institutions, corporations, law courts, insurance agencies, banks, department stores, credit departments, and health care facilities. It is one of the fastest growing areas of employment in the United States today.

Career Opportunities

A paralegal’s job title may reflect the type of law practiced by their employer, for example, administrative law, banking, bankruptcy, or corporate paralegal. Paralegals are also employed in the areas of criminal, domestic relations, employee benefits, environmental, family, health care, insurance, oil and gas, and worker’s compensation law as well as in estate planning and litigation.

Positions in the federal government which may require a paralegal background include: clerk of courts, civil service retirement claims examiner, compliance inspector, contract representative, criminal investigator, customs inspector, customs patrol officer, dependents and estates claims examiner, equal opportunity assistant, general claims examiner, insurance examiner, internal revenue officer, legal clerk, mediator, railroad retirement claims examiner, securities compliance examiner, social insurance claims examiner, unemployment compensation claims examiner, veterans claims examiner, and worker’s compensation claims examiner.

Nontraditional career positions which require either paralegal skills or a paralegal background, but may or may not utilize the terms ”paralegal” or ”legal assistant,” include: administrative assistant, case manager coordinator, case manager, computer litigation support, executive assistant, human resources staff analyst, legal research aide, litigation manager, project coordinator, resource coordinator, and title clerk.

 

Goals of the Program

The Legal Assisting program has clearly established goals designed to meet the unique needs of our students, potential employers of our graduates, and the mission of Shawnee State University. Our goals are as follows: (1) to graduate ethically responsible legal assistants who work under the direction and supervision of attorneys and who are conscious of the prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law; (2) to create and maintain a program responsive to the needs of its constituency; (3) to strive to qualify graduates who will contribute to the advancement of the profession, rather than to serve only the purposes of one institution or locality; and (4) to develop the student’s sensitivity to emerging concepts regarding the role of the legal assistant in the effective delivery of legal services in both the private and public sectors of our society.

The Legal Assisting courses at Shawnee State are not theory courses, but rather practical ”how to” courses taught by attorneys and judges who have specialized in the area in which they teach.

Class Scheduling

Because most of the legal assisting (BULA) courses are taught by attorneys and judges, these courses are most often offered in the evening sections.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE


FIRST YEAR FALL TERM

ENGL

1101

DISCOURSE AND COMPOSITION (A) OR

ENGL

1102

DISCOURSE AND COMPOSITION (B)

BULW

2500

BUSINESS LAW I OR

BULW

2700

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS

BULA

2640

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND THE LAW

BULA

1010

INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL ASSISTING

POLS

1010

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 15-17


FIRST YEAR SPRING TERM

ENGL

1105

COMPOSITION AND ARGUMENTATION

BULW

2600

BUSINESS LAW II

BULA

2510

LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING I

BULA

2720

ETHICS FOR THE LEGAL ASSISTANT

BULA

2620

INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL LITIGATION

MATH

1200

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 19


SECOND YEAR FALL TERM

BUAC

2010

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING OR

BUAC

1010

ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I

BULA

2520

LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING II

BULA

2610

TORT LAW: PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION

BULA

2630

INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACTS & RESTITUTION

BULA

2690

CRIMINAL LAW/CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

BULA

2650

FAMILY LAW

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 18


SECOND YEAR SPRING TERM

BUAC

2030

INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING OR

BUAC

1020

ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES II

BULA

2700

EVIDENCE

BULA

2660

WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

BULA

2790

LEGAL ASSISTING PRACTICUM

PSYC

1101

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

SOCI

1101

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY OR

SOSC

1110

FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOLOGY

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 18


TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED - 70

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