Paralegal Studies Curriculum | Southwestern Illinois College

Associate in Applied Science Degree – Paralegal Studies (0088)

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

First Year

Fall Semester

 
Course Number Course Description Credits
OAT 180 Word Processing 3
ENG 101 Rhetoric & Composition I 3
PARL 120 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
BUS 215 Business Law 3
SPCH 151
SPCH 155
Fundamentals of Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communications
3
Total Semester Credits: 15
 
Course Number Course Description Credits

OAT 155
BUS 102/MGMT 102

Software Computations OR
Business Mathematics OR
Math over 100 level
3
PARL 240 Torts 3
PARL 274 Law Office Computer Applications 3
PARL 220 Legal Research and Writing I 3
OAT 156 Microsoft Office Suite I 3
  Paralegal Elective (see below) 3
Total Semester Credits: 18

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Second Year

Fall Semester

Paral

 
Course Number Course Description Credits
POLS 150 Introduction to American Government 3
OAT 261
ENG 102
Business Communications OR
Rhetoric and Composition II
3
  Human Well-Being Elective 2
PARL 225 Legal Research and Writing II 3
PARL 230 Civil Procedure 3
  Paralegal Elective (see below) 3
Total Semester Credits: 17
Spring Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
ECON 115
ECON 201
ECON 202
Introduction to Economics OR
Principles of Economics I (Macro) OR
Principles of Economics II (Micro)
3
OAT 275 Law Office Management 3
PARL 250 Litigation Support for Paralegals 3
PARL 290 Paralegal Field Project 3
PARL 235 E-discovery/E-Investigation 2
Total Semester Credits: 14
Total Program Credits: 64

Paralegal Electives

Course Number Course Description Credits
PARL 260 Family Law 3
PARL 265 Wills, Probate & Estate Planning 3
PARL 270 Criminal Law 3
PARL 275 Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights 3
PARL 280 Copyright/Trademark/Patent Law 3

Prerequisites may be required for some courses.

Refer to the Online Course Catalog or Class Search link in eSTORM for a full course description.

Contact Christie Highlander, Program Coordinator, at (618) 222-5494 or Christie.Highlander@swic.edu.