Paralegal/Legal Assistant AAS Degree (PLA.AAS)

Approved by the American Bar Association, the Paralegal/Legal Assistant AAS degree is a two year generalist program which prepares students to work in a variety of legal environments including civil and criminal litigation, insurance, banking, public and governmental agencies, law offices and corporate legal departments. Emphasis is placed on the development of core skills in legal research techniques including compilation and analysis of data, understanding legal vocabulary, preparation of legal documents, and management of a law office. Hands-on experience is gained through an internship in a legal or law-related setting. South Suburban College’s Paralegal program is structured to help you meet your goals. You can enroll in conveniently offered courses. Some courses may also be taken through distance learning or online. A student who is able to successfully complete the Paralegal Program will have done so after demonstrating adequate skills in each of the program competencies.

Admission Requirements

Forward all high school and college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Records. A person can take paralegal classes without being in the paralegal program. However, a person must be in the paralegal program in order to take any of the legal research and writing classes and the internship class. To be accepted into the Paralegal program, students must have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) and must complete the following:

  • an application for admission to the program
  • successfully complete ENG 101, PLA 101 and BLW 201 with a grade point of 2.66
  • complete a resume
  • submit three letters of reference and copies of all college transcripts to the Program Coordinator

Upon completion of the above requirements schedule a personal interview with the Program Coordinator.

Students must complete ALL Paralegal (PLA) program and Business Law (BLW) course requirements with a grade “C” or better.

Paralegals may not provide Legal Services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Students must complete ALL Paralegal (PLA) and Business Law (BLW) course requirements with a grade of “C” or better.

Transfer of Legal Specialty Coursework

A maximum of 9 credit hours of legal specialty (PLA) courses may be transferred into the program from an ABA approved program. These courses must be substantially similar to an existing South Suburban College course and the awarding of this credit must be pre-approved by the paralegal program coordinator.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
Cluster 1 Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric [1] 3
PLA 101 Fundamentals of Paralegalism [1] [2] 3
BLW 201 Introduction to Business Law [1] [2] 3
PLA 103 Law Office Technology 3
PSC 101

HIS 204

American National Government
Later American History
Cluster 2 Credits
BLW 202 Intermediate Business Law [2] 3
PLA 201 Evidence and Investigation [2] 3
PLA 202 Litigation [2] 3
PLA 203 Legal Research and Writing I [2] [3] [4] 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication [2] 3
Cluster 3 Credits
PLA 205 Legal Research and Writing II [5] 3
PLA 204 Internship I [6] 3
BUS 105 Business Mathematics 3
Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
PHL 101

PHL 102

Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
(Either PHL 102 or PHL 102 will satisfy the Humanities requirement.)
Cluster 4 Credits
GROUP V Physical and Life Science Elective 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PLA Program Elective 3
PLA Program Elective 3
Minimum for Degree: 60
  1. Courses must be taken before application can be made for program admittance.
  2. Courses must be taken before serving internship.
  3. Students must have been admitted into the Program prior to registering for PLA 203, Legal Research & Writing I.
  4. Student must successfully complete ENG 101, PLA 101, and BLW 201 with a cumulative GPA of 2.66.
  5. PLA 205 may be taken concurrently with PLA 204.
  6. Completion of PLA 101, BLW 201, BLW 202, SPE 108, PLA 201, PLA 202, PLA 203; admission to the program, and approval of internship site by instructor. PLA 205 may be taken concurrently.
Program Electives (4 Required) Credits
2 of 4 program electives must be PLA specialty courses (PLA 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213)
PLA 207 Real Property Practice 3
PLA 208 Law of Family Relations 3
PLA 209 Estate Planning and Probate 3
PLA 210 Criminal Law for the Paralegal 3
PLA 211 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
PLA 212 Elder Law 3
PLA 213 Topics in Law 3
BLW 203 Legal Environment of Business 3
BLW 204 Cyberlaw, Legal Issues in Cyberspace 3

For More Information contact Jason M. Cieslik, J.D., Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program Coordinator, (708) 596-2000 ext. 2579, Room 3457, Main Campus.