Paralegal Studies(A.S. Degree)

General Info --
Those in the Paralegal (Legal Assistant) career field assists lawyers by researching legal precedents, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Paralegals conduct research to support legal proceedings, assist to formulate a defense, and help initiate legal action. The new NWFSC Paralegal program prepares graduates in vital career skills areas such as preparingĂ‚  affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence; trial preparation such as organizing exhibits; preparation of legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements; filing pleadings; legal research and analysis of statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents; research of pertinent sources, such as public records; and coordination of law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.

The A.S. degree is an open admission program, with no special application for admission required. New students should complete the standard NWFSC application for admission and residency forms. For specific day, time, location and eCampus options for courses offered in these programs see the Schedule of Classes at

For information on the Paralegal program or to schedule an advising appointment, contact Dr. Lynne Wetzell, 850-729-5261,

What is the job outlook?
Paralegal is a growing career filed across the nation with a variety of career options. In the local market, the entry level salary averages $30,014 to $36,712 with more experienced Paralegals earning an average of $40,040 or more annually. In addition to legal offices, Paralegals are often employed in local government, public administration or legal services fields.

A.S. Degree 64 total credits
GENERAL EDUCATION 18 Credits Required
The A.S. degree requires 18 credits from Math, Communication Skills, Humanities, Social Science, Science and General Education Electives to meet the 18 credit hour General Education course requirement.

CORE COURSES 21 Credits Required
BUL 2241 Business Law
PLA 1003 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
PLA 1005 Legal Terminology
PLA 1013 Introduction to Legal System
PLA 1203 Introduction to Civil Law
PLA 1114 Case Analysis and Writing
PLA 1800 Introduction to Family Law

Select from among courses below to achieve 25 total elective credits

CJL 1100 Criminal Law
CJL 1400 Criminal Procedures
CJC 2500 Courts and the Criminal Process
CCJ 1000Introduction to Criminology
CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJC 2000 Introduction to Corrections
OST 2335 Business Communications
PLA 1600 Wills, Trusts, and Probate
PLA 2273 Tort Law
PSY 2012 Psychology
Other Approved College Credits (PLA, CJL, CCJ preferred)
Total Program Credits Required 64