Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
Recent studies have shown a substantial increase in paralegal positions in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, an additional 75,000 new paralegal positions will be available over the next 7 years.
Paralegal is a challenging and very rewarding career choice. The Mike Cottrell College of Business prepares students for a profession that requires not only substantial knowledge in the legal field but well developed professional and ethical skills as well.
The associate of applied science (A.A.S.) in paralegal studies allows students to complete their core courses, learn the foundations of law, how to deal with ethical dilemmas and how to write depositions and other documents. The A.A.S. in paralegal studies gives students the ability to start a career in paralegal services quicker than a bachelor’s program and the opportunity to further their education beyond a certificate if they wish to do so.
The University of North Georgia (UNG) has adopted the following policy to be used when a student requests transfer credit for any paralegal course taken at another institution. Any student seeking to obtain transfer credit for any specific paralegal course taken at another institution must provide the following documentation and information to the Registrar’s Office: 1. (a) The name and address of the institution; (b) A transcript or other equivalent showing the course title, date taken, and grade received; (c) The course syllabus; and (d) Documentation of whether the paralegal program at the institution has obtained ABA approval. 2. Upon receipt of the above, the Registrar will consult with the Director of the UNG Paralegal Program as to whether transfer credit shall be given for the course requested. 3. Transfer credit will only be allowed if the course complies with all criteria of an equivalent course offered in the UNG Paralegal Studies program. 4. Transfer credit will only be allowed for a course in which the student received a 2.0 or higher. 5. The maximum number of legal specialty credit allowed for transfer shall not exceed nine semester hours. 6. UNG will not allow transfer credit for any course which was taken at an institution (other than a University System of Georgia school) which is not ABA approved. Transfer credit policies for all non-legal specialty courses are available on the Registrar’s transfer information webpage.
Paralegals may not provide legal service directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Georgia prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers. Paralegal programs in the Mike Cottrell College of Business are not accredited by the AACSB but are American Bar Association approved.