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Regional College
East Liverpool
Regional College

The Associate of Applied Science in Legal Assisting Technology prepares students to work as legal assistants (paralegals) under the supervision of an attorney in all areas of law and law-related practice. The program consists of legal assisting, law-related and general studies courses. This major is available at the East Liverpool and Trumbull campuses.

Career Opportunities

Paralegals and legal assistants held about 238,000 jobs in 2006. Private law firms employed 7 out of 10 paralegals and legal assistants; most of the remainder worked for corporate legal departments and various levels of government. Within the Federal Government, the U.S. Department of Justice is the largest employer, followed by the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. A small number of paralegals own their own businesses and work as freelance legal assistants, contracting their services to attorneys or corporate legal departments.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 65 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of the practice of law, including private, governmental (all levels), the judiciary and corporate or other business settings.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of professional conduct for lawyers and their application to legal assistants, so they can recognize and avoid unethical conduct.

3. Demonstrate an ability to recognize, organize and prioritize their work to be as efficient as they can.

4. Perform legal research using traditional and new technologies, and to apply the research to real cases.

5. Demonstrate substantive knowledge in legal practice areas appropriate for paralegals including family law, estate and probate administration, and civil litigation.

6. Draft various legal documents in various areas.

Student Organizations

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Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences


Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.


Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  PLST 18000 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
    28001 Legal Research and Writing 3
    28003 Family Law and Procedure 3
    28004 Principles and Practice of Litigation 3
    28007 Estate and Probate Administration 3
    38006 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3
    36792 Internship in Paralegal 3
  Choose from the following: technical electives 12
  ACTT 21003 Fundamentals of Tax Preparation (3)  
  BMRT 11009 Introduction to Management Technology (3)  
    21000 Business Law and Ethics I (3)  
  ENG 20002 Introduction to Technical Writing (3)  
  JUS 12000 Introduction to Justice Studies (3)  
    22100 Basic Interviewing (3)  
    22301 The Investigative Process (3)  
    26704 Issues in Law and Society (3)  
    33200 Criminal Law (3)  
    34200 Criminal Procedures and Evidence (3)  
    47211 Court Functions (3)  
  PLST 38002 Contract Law (3)  
    38004 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (3)  
    38005 Tort Law (3)  
    48300 Law of Corporations and Other Associations (3)  
Type Course Title Credits
  ACTT 11000 Accounting I-Financial    4
  BMRT 11000 Introduction to Business 3
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communications 3
  COMT 11000 Introduction to Computer Systems 3


General Psychology (3)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
  Kent Core Basic Sciences 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3
                                                                                            MINIMUM TOTAL:  65