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2010-2011 Gainesville State College Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Gainesville State College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Paralegal Studies Track (B.A.S.)


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The Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Paralegal Studies degree recognizes the growing need in the paralegal profession for a four year degree.  This degree will prepare graduates to enter into and be competitive with holders of other bachelor degrees in finding gainful employment in the legal field.  Advanced paralegal courses along with the opportunity to take courses in management and business will help students utilize their specific expertise with new technology skills.

The goal of the Paralegal Program is not only to train students in the practical application of legal theory, but to fine tune their analytical, communication and organizational skills, while always being aware of the unauthorized practice of law prohibition. Paralegals must always work under the supervision and direction of a licensed attorney.
In order to achieve these goals, the program has the following specific objectives:

  1. to implement and maintain a diverse and strong program for the quality education of competent paralegals;
  2. to give our students not only a broad knowledge of numerous areas of law, but also specific legal skills;
  3. with the knowledge and skills provided by our program, to enable our graduates to find employment by a wide range of employers in their chosen field;
  4. to prepare our students to work effectively and efficiently with attorneys, clients, and the public;
  5. to strengthen and enhance the skills of our students who are already employed in law-related positions;
  6. to enable students to think critically, reason abstractly, use oral and written language effectively;
  7. to be sure our students understand and value the important concepts of legal ethics, confidentiality, professional responsibility, and the boundaries of and prohibitation against the unauthorized practice of law by laypersons; and
  8. to encourage and improve the role of non-lawyers in the delivery of legal services.

Entrance Requirements

  1. Complete all GSC general institutional admissions requirements.
  2. Declare a major in BAS Paralegal Studies.
  3. Hold an appropriate paralegal associate degree (e.g., A.A.S. or A.A.T.) from an institution either approved by the American Bar Association or in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines for approval of paralegal programs and regionally accredited to grant associate degrees. Students who hold associate degrees (usually A.A. or A. S.) that are designed to constitute the first two years of a B.A., B.S., B.B.A. or other traditional baccalaureate degrees will not be eligible for admission to the B.A.S. program. A student who wishes to pursue the B.A.S., but who has not yet completed a paralegal associate degree (as defined above), must finish the paralegal associate degree at Gainesville State College or another institution either approved by the American Bar Association or in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines for approval of paralegal programs and regionally accredited to grant associate degrees, before applying for entry to the B.A.S. program.

Program Requirements


Area A Essential Skills (9 hours)


Area B Institutional Options (4-5 hours)


Area C Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)


Literature or Language Elective selected from Area C under GSC Semester Core Curriculum (3 hours)

Area D Science, Math, Technology (10-12 hours)


Science    Lecture/Lab - 1st*    (4 hours)

Science    Lecture/Lab - 2nd*   (4 hours)

*To be selected from Non-Science Majors in Area D under GSC Semester Core Curriculum

Math, Science or Tech Elective* (3 hours)

Area E Social Sciences (12 hours)


Select one from the following courses:


Physical Education (3 hours)


Select one from the following courses:


Social Sciences Elective* (3 hours)


*To be selected from specific AREA under Semester Core Curriculum in GC catalog.

Career Program (up to 40 hours)


An appropriate paralegal associate degree (e.g. AAS or AAT) from an institution either approved by the American Bar Association or in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines for approval of paralegal programs and regionally accredited to grant associate degrees must be completed prior to enrollment in the BAS program.

Total Hours in Program (excluding Physical Education) - 120 hours


Program Completion Requirements


  1. Successfully complete an appropriate paralegal associate degree (e.g., A.A.S. or A.A.T.) from an institution either approved by the American Bar Association or in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines for approval with paralegal programs and regionally accredited to grant associate degrees.
  2. Successfully complete all courses required in the degree program (minimum 120 semester credits), including the lower division associate degree requirements.
  3. Successfully complete a minimum of 37 general education credits according to the distribution established by the college (Areas A-E) for its Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  4. Successfully complete at least 39 credits of upper division coursework in the major (3000- and 4000- level courses with the PARA, CISM, BUSA, ACCT, ECON, MGNT, MKTG, FINC prefix).
  5. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) required for graduation.
  6. Grades of “C” or higher required in major courses.
  7. Complete at least 30 semester credit hours of major courses in residency at GSC.
  8. Meet all other college graduation policies.

 

 

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