Paralegal & Legal Studies

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Curriculum Requirements

As a student in this program, you are required to complete a minimum of 63 credit hours with a grade point average of no lower than C (2.0). A.A.S. Paralegal requires 70 percent of legal specialty courses be taken at the College.

For this degree program, you must successfully complete the following:

Program Core

  • ACC 101 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • BUS 123 Business Communication
  • PLG 100 Introduction to Legal Practice
  • PLG 115 Computers in the Law Office
  • PLG 120 Business Structures or PLG 245 Tort Law or PLG 255 Bankruptcy Law
  • PLG 125 Legal Research and Writing I
  • PLG 210 Real Property
  • PLG 225 Legal Research and Writing II
  • PLG 230 Family Law
  • PLG 235 Administration of Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  • PLG 240 Courts and Litigation
  • PLG 250 Paralegal Internship or PLG 265 Law Office Practice

General Education

  • ENG 101 Composition I
  • ENG 103 Composition II
  • SUNY General Education approved course in Communication: Oral
  • SUNY General Education approved course in Mathematics (except MAT 110, MAT 121 Introductory Statistics I recommended)
  • SUNY General Education approved course in Natural Sciences
  • SUNY General Education approved course from one of the following categories:
    • American History
    • Western Civilization
    • Other World Civilizations
  • SUNY General Education approved course in Social Sciences
  • Professional Elective (any course with prefix PLG, BUS or CJC) (BUS 227 Business Law recommended)
  • 2 credit hours of Health/Physical Education (HPE) Elective
Transferring Credits to FLCC

The maximum number of credits of legal specialty courses which can be transferred into the A.A.S. Paralegal and Legal Studies program and the Paralegal certificate program is nine (9) due to ABA requirements. A legal specialty course is one that (1) covers substantive law or legal procedures or process, (2) has been developed for paralegals, and (3) emphasizes practical paralegal skills.

SUNY General Education Electives

For information on which courses fulfill SUNY General Education Electives and for information on transferring to a four-year school, visit