Paralegal Studies A.A.S.

Tom Stanton, Director

This program is approved by the American Bar Association. The Paralegal Studies program prepares students for challenging and diverse careers in private law practices and in the law-related areas of business, industry, and government. The goals of the Paralegal Studies program are to enable students, through theoretical and practical legal education, to understand the function of law, to work as paralegals in the effective delivery of legal services, and to enhance the legal profession. This program is designed to equip students with skills to analyze legal issues and to perform a variety of activities including drafting legal documents, interviewing clients, conducting legal research, and preparing cases for trial. Students utilize current technology through Internet research and legal and general office software applications. Paralegal studies students receive the necessary legal training to take advantage of new career opportunities in all sectors of the economy. Students are exposed to the principles of legal ethics and are cautioned regarding restrictions against the unauthorized practice of law by laypersons. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 71

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: This is a two year/four semester in-step degree. If classes are taken out of sequence, additional semesters are required for graduation. Also note, courses with the LEG prefix (legal specialty) are only offered in the semester indicated. See Program Director for scope and sequence advising. Please refer to online schedule for online course availability.


Paralegal Studies Required Courses71
Total Hours71

Paralegal Studies Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
ACTG 101Accounting Procedures I4
BMGT 212Critical Analysis for Business3
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers3
CAPP 154MS Word3
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
LEG 183Contracts2
LEG 184ELegal Ethics3
LEG 185Introduction Paralegal Studies2
LEG 186Introduction to Legal Research2
LEG 187Leg Res & Wrtg I2
LEG 188Prin of Real Estate2
LEG 189Criminal Procedures3
LEG 270Civil Litigation3
LEG 272Computers & Law3
LEG 282Contemporary Legal Issues3
LEG 283Trial Preparation3
LEG 285Family Law3
LEG 286Legal Res & Writing II2
LEG 287Legal Res. & Writing III2
LEG 288Estate Administration2
LEG 298Paralegal Studies Internship2
M 105Contemporary Mathematics3
PSCI 210SIntro to American Government3
PSYX 100SIntro to Psychology4
or BMGT 216 Psych of Mgmt & Supervision
SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours71

Minimum Required Grade: C-