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Paralegal Studies

Welcome to the BridgeValley Community and Technical College Paralegal Studies program!

Paralegals are people who work in the legal profession. While many paralegals work for lawyers, there are a number of other occupations for paralegals. The BridgeValley Paralegal Studies program has been designed by a lawyer who is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and who is admitted to practice law in West Virginia, both state and federal court. Paralegals organize and manage work flow in law office settings, draft legal documents, research and draft legal memoranda, and file documents with the appropriate court.

BridgeValley's Paralegal Studies program is very affordable and it takes 60 credit hours to complete. There are numerous financial aid opportunities available to assist students who wish to attend BridgeValley. 

Classes are offered at BridgeValley during the fall semester, the spring semester, and two summer terms. 

Courses

First Semester
ATEC 115 Fundamentals of Business Computer Apps 3
BUSN 201 Business Law  3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
GNST 102 First Year Experience 1
PRLS 100 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 2
PRLS 101 Civil Litigation I 3
  Semester Total 15
Second Semester
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
PRLS 200 Business Law II 3
MATH 113 Mathematical Reasoning 3
PRLS 207 Property, Wills and Estates 4
PRLS 209 Criminal Law 3
  Semester Total 16
Third Semester
ACCT 185 Survey of Accounting 3
BIOL 101
CHEM 100
General Biology (GEC -2) or Consumer Chemistry (GEC -2)  3
ENGL 107 English Grammar Review 1
PRLS 201 Evidence and Litigation 3
PRLS 204 Civil Litigation II 3
PRLS 205 Legal Research and Writing I 3
  Semester Total 16
Fourth Semester  
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PRLS 206 Legal Research and Writing II 3
PRLS 296 PCCE Review Course 1
PRLS 297 Paralegal Studies Internship 2
PRLS 298 Paralegal Studies Seminar 1
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (GEC-3) 3
  Semester Total 12

 

Curriculum Grid

Program Assessment Plan and Assessment Report

 

Contact

Lisa Moye, Esquire, JD
Program Coordinator
Paralegal Studies
2001 Union Carbide Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
Lisa.Moye@bridgevalley.edu
304-205-6644

Associate of Applied Science

Paralegal Studies

Paralegals organize and manage work flow in law office settings, draft legal documents, research and draft legal memoranda, and file documents with the appropriate court. They interview clients, and pursue factual investigations for employers. Paralegals may prepare witnesses for depositions, develop materials for trial, organize client files, and assist with title searches.
Classes are available 100% online.

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Courses

ATEC 115 Fundamentals of Business Computer Apps ..... 3 Credits

BUSN 201 Business Law ..... 3 Credits

ENGL 101 English Composition I ..... 3 Credits

GNST 102 First Year Experience ..... 1 Credits

PRLS 100 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession ..... 2 Credits

PRLS 101 Civil Litigation I ..... 3 Credits

Semester Total : 15

ENGL 102 English Composition II ..... 3 Credits

PRLS 200 Business Law II ..... 3 Credits

MATH 113 Mathematical Reasoning ..... 3 Credits

PRLS 207 Property, Wills and Estates ..... 4 Credits

PRLS 209 Criminal Law ..... 3 Credits

Semester Total : 16

ACCT 185 Survey of Accounting ..... 3 Credits

BIOL 101 General Biology (GEC -2) - OR -

CHEM 100 Consumer Chemistry (GEC -2) ..... 3 Credits

ENGL 107 English Grammar Review ..... 1 Credits

PRLS 201 Evidence and Litigation ..... 3 Credits

PRLS 204 Civil Litigation II ..... 3 Credits

PRLS 205 Legal Research and Writing I ..... 3 Credits

Semester Total : 16

ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics ..... 3 Credits

PRLS 206 Legal Research and Writing II ..... 3 Credits

PRLS 296 PCCE Review Course ..... 1 Credits

PRLS 297 Paralegal Studies Internship ..... 2 Credits

PRLS 298 Paralegal Studies Seminar ..... 1 Credits

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (GEC-3) ..... 3 Credits

Semester Total : 12