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  • Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

    Aug 27

    Online Start Date
    Aug 27, 2014

    Sep 17

    Online Start Date
    Sep 17, 2014

    Oct 15

    Online and Hagerstown Start Date
    Oct 15, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    PA 106: LEGAL TERMINOLOGY AND TRANSCRIPTION (5 Credits)

    This course is a comprehensive study of documents used in the legal field. Students will learn the basic procedures for transcribing, formatting, and processing legal correspondence and documents and the appropriate use of legal terms, phrases, abbreviations, symbols, and reference sources used by attorneys’ paralegals and the courts.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 110: CIVIL LITIGATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to civil litigation, the civil law process, rights, and procedures. Topics include informal fact gathering and investigation, case management and strategy, jurisdiction, the structure of the court systems in the United States, parties, pleadings, and motions.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 201: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL RESEARCH (5 Credits)

    One of the basic tasks performed by the paralegal is legal research—finding the law. Accurate, concise, and up-to-date information can be the difference between winning and losing a lawsuit. Students who complete this course gain specialized skills in the area of legal research.

    Prerequisites Required: Prerequisites: CM 220 and PA 205

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 205: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING (5 Credits)

    Some of the tasks performed by a skilled paralegal are to summarize statutes or regulations, analyze the component parts of written opinions of appellate judges through briefing, identify the legal issues in a fact pattern, and apply the reasoning of relevant legal authorities to a fact pattern. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to analyze and synthesize legal authorities and draft correspondence and memoranda commonly used in the practice of law.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Any College Composition I course

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 253: LEGAL ETHICS (5 Credits)

    Legal assistants and paralegals must always consider the duty owed to the clients. Are the clients protected against having confidential information revealed? What are the duties and responsibilities regarding the ethical conduct of the paralegal? This course discusses these areas and presents canons, codes of ethics, ethical and procedural practices in a law office, licensing and certification, and more.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 299: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE—PROJECT (5 Credits)

    This course builds on the concepts that students have mastered throughout the course of their paralegal studies program. The capstone course integrates the core concepts exemplified in the paralegal program outcomes, with application to fact scenarios that present relevant legal issues. 

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 230: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Technology is pervasive and the modern law office is chock-full of technological appliances, tools, and applications that the paralegal must be able to master. At the core of most software applications are the basics—word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and tools for presentations. Of course, the ubiquitous communication tool, email, is the center of modern electronic communications. This course will explore the most common tools and applications found in law firms and those that every “technology-literate” paralegal must know. Word processing, document assembly programs, and tools for case management, time and billing, calendaring, electronic communications, and creating presentations are a few of the topics explored in this course. Students will leave this course with a solid foundation of the basics in legal technology.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    IT 133: MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS ON DEMAND (5 Credits)

    This course teaches students to use the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Software Applications, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.

    Sample Projects:    www.screencast.com/t/H6Ha18Ml

    What's Next?

    After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 100: INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW AND LEGAL PROFESSION (5 Credits)

    This course examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional or as a legal specialist.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    CS 121: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS (5 Credits)

    Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    Elective

    OPEN ELECTIVES (35 Credits)

    Total Elective Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Onsite students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession in place of an open elective.

    Tuition & Fees: All Tracks

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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    Notice to Learning Center Students

    Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.

    Scholarships and Grants

    Learn more about grants and Kaplan University Scholarships and that may help reduce the cost of your education.

    Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined. 

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    Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for active-duty servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
     

  • Some states have additional curricular requirements. Check the University Catalog or speak with an Admissions Advisor.

  • * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.

    Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Conferred, Law and Legal Studies on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV degree-granting institutions. 

    § Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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