Award: Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program Location: South Omaha Campus
Major Requirements: 40.5
Elective Requirements: 27.0
General Education: 22.5
Total credit hours required: 90.0
The Legal Studies - Paralegal degree prepares students for entry-level occupations in law offices of all sizes and specialties, including private law firms, government agencies, the court system, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
To fulfill elective requirements, students pursuing this degree focus on an area of concentration by selecting from one of the below six-course Career Certificates:
- Transactional Law Specialist (TRACC)
- Litigation Specialist (LITCC)
- Immigration Law Specialist (ILSCC)
- Legal Specialist (LSPCC)
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. The MCC Legal Studies - Paralegal degree is approved by the American Bar Association.
Paralegal Program Admission
The Paralegal program has special admission requirements. Formal application to the program is offered and completed by earning a grade of C or better in LAWS 1101.
Students are advised to adhere to the curriculum plan and work closely with the program advisor or director to ensure appropriate registration in courses to meet graduation requirements.
Legal specialty courses completed at another college may only be transferred if they are from an ABA-approved program with substantially the same content, are for the same or more earned credit hours, and earned a grade of C or better. Transfer credit is not available by course challenge, course examination, or course portfolio. To request transfer of credit, students must request that original transcripts be submitted by the college or university directly to the MCC Records Office. The Records Office staff will then refer any legal specialty courses to the Academic Dean for determination of acceptability for transfer. No more than 9.0 quarter credit hours of legal specialty credit may be awarded by transfer.
Students are required to take at least 13.5 quarter credit hours of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.