Paralegal Studies (Associate of Arts)

Award: Associate of Arts
Degree Code: ASPP
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

The Paralegal Studies Associate degree provides the first two years of study for students preparing for a career as a paralegal. The program provides a general education background while focusing on developing an understanding of the legal system. Students completing the degree will meet the requirements for admission to a Paralegal Certificate Program or to continue their studies toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Electives [H] 6
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
ELECT Electives 2
MAT Math Elective [M] 3
SCI Science Electives 1 [S/SL] 7
SOC SCI Social Science Electives 2 [SS] 6
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts [I] 3
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications [H] or
Public Speaking [H]
3

Program Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
BUS 210 Business Law 3
CRJ 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
CRJ 205 Principles of Criminal Law 3
EGL 211 Technical Writing 3
ELECT Elective 3 3
ETHICS Ethics Elective 4 3
HST History Elective 5 3
SOC 105 Perspectives in Human Diversity [SS] 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Course Number Course Title
Fall I (18 credits)
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
CRJ 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
HST History Elective
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
Spring I (16 credits)
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT Math Elective
SCI Lab Science Elective
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
Fall II (14 credits)
BUS 210 Business Law
EGL 211 Technical Writing
ELECT Elective
SCI Science Elective
SPH 101 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking
Spring II (12 credits)
ELECT Program Elective
ELECT Program Elective
CRJ 205 Criminal Law
SOC 105 Perspectives in Human Diversity

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a professional attitude toward work, learning, and responsibilities; be dependable in attendance, punctuality, and completion of tasks.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate legal knowledge.
  • Apply problem-solving and technical skills.
  • Produce an adequate amount of work product, accurately and timely with acceptable quality.
  • Utilize legal terminology competently.
  • Describe the American legal system including sources of American law, the judicial system, civil and criminal procedure, and substantive areas of law such as contracts, torts, constitutional law, employment, and other areas.
  • Identify the functions of law in American society, how they relate to corresponding legal research material, and the legislative process, judicial structure and system.
  • Utilize their academic success to effectively continue their studies toward a certificate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Express an understanding of their ethical responsibility and role under the supervision of attorneys.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude toward work, learning and the completion of tasks.

Career Opportunities

Work in law offices, federal, state agencies, corporate entities as a law clerk, title examiner, claim adjuster, occupational health and safety specialist, appraiser, and investigator.


1 One science elective must include a lab.
2 Choose two from the following: Introduction to Political Science (POS 101), Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101), or Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101).
3 Choose one from the following: Business Ethics (BUS 187), Ethics in Information Technology (CSC 110), Ethics in Criminal Justice (CRJ 208), Ethical Issues in Healthcare (HCD 270), or Ethics – Contemporary Moral Issues (PHI 201).
4 Choose one from the following: Accounting I (ACC 101), Introduction to Business (BUS 103), Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (CRJ 214), American Government (POS 201), or Introduction to Social Work (SWK 101).
5 Choose one from the following: Western Civilization I (HST 101), Western Civilization II (HST 102), United States History I (HST 201), or United States History II (HST 202).