Jan 19, 2022  
2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal, AAS

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Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in legal research and application of procedural and substantive authorities, including areas of law in which the student may not be familiar.
  • Demonstrate writing skills that are consistent with generally accepted standards within the legal profession, including the ability to communicate legal analysis and application through organized and well-written correspondence, memoranda and pleadings.
  • Analyze and articulate the different sides to any argument using critical-thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop discovery plans, prepare cases for trial and capably assist in all courtroom proceedings.
  • Use technology commonly found in the legal environment, including the electronic courtroom. This technology includes Microsoft Office products, electronic databases and other appropriate legal software.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and clients utilizing good listening skills and through appropriate interactions in small group work.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through leadership, cultural awareness, appropriate attire and conduct, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently, comply with preset deadlines and utilize well defined problem-solving skills as required by an assignment and/or situation.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding and application of ethical issues in and out of the legal employment setting.
  • Explain the need for civic responsibility in diverse and multifaceted environments and the role that legal professionals play in providing access to justice to those who currently or historically have been denied access.



  • Some or all of the following are required. Talk to a faculty adviser.
  • Some classes have entry requirements not listed here.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum COMPASS reading score of 77

Important notes

  • BSTEC 120 (formerly BTECH 111) or (demonstrate competency) must be taken before LEGAL 135  
  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA in each LEGAL course to attain a Paralegal AAS degree.
  • AAS degree programs emphasize preparation in specific job skills required for entry-level employment.
  • Not all classes are offered every quarter.
  • Coursework is highly interactive and includes field-based internships.
  • Highline’s Paralegal and Paralegal Plus certificate programs are designed for students with strong verbal and written skills, individual initiative and discipline, and high ethical standards.
  • A Paralegal orientation is recommended prior to enrolling. For dates and times, contact the program coordinator, visit http:// paralegal.highline.edu or call Educational Planning & Advising Center at (206) 592-3584.
  • All Paralegal students are required to complete a course satisfying the Diversity & Globalism requirement.
  • The paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.  See statement in the college catalog.
  • Students are required to take at least 15 quarter hours of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction. This can be determined through advising and at your graduation evaluation meeting.

Specific Requirements

Total Core Credits: 38-40 credits

Total Supporting Course Credits: 40-42

Related Instruction Courses

 All students must complete one Diversity & Globalism course. Talk to a faculty adviser.

Total Related Instruction Credits: 20

Total Program Credits: 98-102 credits

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