ADAM SMITH UNIVERSITY PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM

Adam Smith University offers both a certificate program and an associate degree program in Paralegal Studies through home study courses. Administrators and faculty in these programs have educational backgrounds in law and related business areas.

The textbook for the certificate program in paralegal studies is West's Paralegal Today by Roger LeRoy Miller and Mary Meinzinger Urisko. Each course in the associate degree program also has a text. All texts, study guides and examinations are included with the courses as needed as part of the materials furnished to students.


The Paralegal Profession

The American Bar Association first recognized the Paralegal profession in 1968 although lawyers have long used assistants to help them in their legal work. Paralegals help lawyers by doing legal work in the area of procedure, which paralegals may perform under the supervision of an attorney, as opposed to substance which attorneys must do themselves. Paralegals help lawyers provide legal services to persons and to organizations such as corporations and other business firms at a lower cost than if all the procedural areas of law were to be done by attorneys without the help of paralegals.

Paralegals help attorneys research cases and do other legal research, interview witnesses, and draft legal documents. They provide useful support to attorneys. The Paralegal Profession is growing in status and compensation.


Admissions

High School graduates are eligible for admission provided they have an interest in processing documents, good language skills, an ability to think critically and an ability to work on documents with limited supervision and have the ability to handle details carefully.


Home Study

Adam Smith University has more than a decade of experience in home study education. Each course has the necessary text material for your reading, study and review. Each course has a study guide and self study multiple choice, essay and/or true/false examinations. As you finish each section of the program, you will take an examination at home and send it to the university. Tests will be graded and you will be given results of each exam. You can proceed at your own pace. Most students finish the certificate program within eight months to two years.


Tuition and Payment

The fee for the entire 34 credit certificate program is $750.00. This fee may be paid in installments of $100.00 down and $50.00 for each course until payment has been received in full. The textbook, study guide and examinations for the first course will be sent after we have received the down payment. After you have completed each course and received your grade on the examination, send $50.00 and we will send the examination and study materials for the next course to you. If you pay in full upon enrollment, we will send the material for all the courses to you after receipt of payment.

The fee for the associate degree program for graduates of our certificate program or another recognized certificate program is $750.00. The fee may be paid in installments of $100.00 down and $65.00 for each course as it is requested by you after you have completed the first course and received your grade on the exam until payment has been received in full. Students who pay the fee of $750.00 in full at enrollment, will receive each of our courses in the AAS degree program.

Transcripts and certificates and degrees will be issued only after all examinations have been passed and all fees have been paid in full. The fee for an extra transcript beyond the transcript sent with your certificate or degree is $10 per transcript.


Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for the associate degree program from other recognized paralegal certificate programs such as those from Blackstone Paralegal Studies, Kaplan Paralegal Studies program and the certificate program of the Paralegal Institute will be granted after review of the student's transcript. Tuition in the Certificate program and in the Associate Degree program will not be reduced for advanced standing that is given for transfer credit.


Paralegal Studies Certificate Program-Required Courses

PLS

101

Today's Professional Paralegal

2 credits

PLS

102

Careers in the Legal Community

2 credits

PLS

103

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

2 credits

PLS

104

The Legal Workplace

2 credits

PLS

105

Sources of American Law

2 credits

PLS

106

The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution

2 credits

PLS

107

Substantive Law I

2 credits

PLS

108

Substantive Law II

2 credits

PLS

109

Administrative Law and Government Regulation

2 credits

PLS

110

Civil Litigation-Before the Trial

2 credits

PLS

111

Trial Procedures

2 credits

PLS

112

Criminal Law and Procedures

2 credits

PLS

113

Conducting Interviews and Investigations

2 credits

PLS

114

Legal Research

2 credits

PLS

115

Computer-Assisted Legal Research

2 credits

PLS

116

Legal Analysis and Writing

2 credits

Total credits: certificate program 34 credits


Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Paralegal Studies

Successful completion of certificate program of 34 credits at Adam Smith University or equivalent certificate program at another recognized paralegal studies program plus the following courses at Adam Smith University:

ENG

101-102

College English

6 credits

BUS

310

Principles of Management

3 credits

ECO

101-102

Principles of Economics

6 credits

MGT

400

Supervisory Management

3 credits

PSY

300

Psychology of Success

3 credits


Elective courses in paralegal studies (Choose any two courses)

PLS

301

Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

PLS

302

Practical Real Estate Law

3 credits

PLS

303

Intellectual Property: The Law of Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets

3 credits

PLS

304

Civil Procedure and Litigation

3 credits

PLS

305

Financial Documents and Accounting for Legal Professionals

3 credits


Total credits AAS degree program (61 credits)

Credit for Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies:

34 credits

Credits for AAS degree courses: 27 credits
Total: 61 credits