Associate in Science (A.S.) in Paralegal/Legal Assisting

Program Goal

To educate paralegals with an effective balance of legal knowledge and practical skills. To prepare the student for work in the legal profession upon graduation and to sit for the National Legal Assistant Certification Exam. This program is considered to be substantially in compliance with ABA guidelines for paralegal education by the American Association for Paralegal Education.

Program Manager:

Dr. Suzanne Bechtol
SCF Bradenton
Office Phone: 941-752-5359

For Course Information Click Here.


Semester I Semester II Semester III Semester IV*
PLA 1003 - Introduction to Legal Systems PLA 2001 - General Law PLA 1104 - Legal Research and Writing I¹ Complete General Academic Courses
and and and and 
Choose 3 or 4 General Academic Courses. Choose 2 or 3 General Academic Courses and/or additional Level II** Paralegal Courses. Choose 1 or 2 General Academic Courses and/or additional Level III** Paralegal Courses. Complete Level III and/or Level IV** Paralegal Courses.


Level I Law Courses Level II Law Courses Level III Law Courses Level IV Law Courses
PLA 1003 - Introduction to Legal Systems* PLA 1104 - Legal Research and Writing I¹* PLA 1610 - Real Property Law and Transactions PLA 2612 Real Estate II
PLA 2223 - Civil Litigation II5
PLA 2001 - General Law* PLA 1730-Computer Assisted Legal Research* PLA 2600 - Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration PLA 2949 - Internship in Paralegal/Legal Assisting6
  PLA 2203 - Civil Litigation I PLA 2800 - Introduction to  Family Law  PLA 2950 - Certified Paralegal Examination Review
  PLA 2303 - Criminal Law and Procedure    
  PLA 2433 - Corporation and Business Organizations*    
  PLA 2732 - Law Office computer Applications²*    
  PLA 2763 - Law Office Management³    
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