Paralegal Studies/Pre-Law (AAPSPL)

Associate in Arts

Prepare for an exciting and interesting career in the legal field! This degree is the first two years of a bachelor degree in paralegal studies. You will be given the opportunity to take many legal courses here at WCC before transferring to EMU to learn how to do legal research and writing. When you complete your 4 year degree you will be able to work with attorneys in the courts and assist with legal research and writings. While working as a professional paralegal, you may wish to continue your education and pursue a law degree having obtained a great foundation!

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2023-2024 Academic Requirements

This program prepares students for entry-level positions or further study in the field of law. Entry-level paralegal positions are available in legal offices such as corporate, prosecuting and public defense in addition to some courts. Under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals may assist with research, court filings, documentation and depositions. Students who wish to continue their education may continue on to a bachelor's degree or a Juris Doctorate degree.

Eastern Michigan University, BS degree

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Public Services Careers Dept
Kevin Lindsey
Haley Slade
Niki Lee
Janine Militello
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CJT 130   Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
CJT 156   Everyday Law 4
COM 102   Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 111   Composition I 4
  Nat. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Total 17
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
BOS 206   Personal Management Application and Internet Resources 2
CJT 120   Criminal Justice Ethics 3
ENG 226   Composition II 3
MTH 160   Basic Statistics 4
SOC 100   Principles of Sociology 3
Total 15
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ACC 111   Principles of Accounting I 3
CJT 160   Criminal Justice Constitutional Law 3
HST 200   Michigan History 3
  Nat. Sci. Lab Elective(s)* 3
  General Education Elective(s) (0-1 credits) to reach a minimum 30 General Education Credits 1
  Elective(s) to reach minimum 60 credits 1
Total 14
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
BMG 111   Business Law I 3
CJT 208   Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3
CJT 209   Criminal Law 3
MUS 147   Art and Entertainment Law 3
PHL 250   Logic 3
Total 15

Total Credits Required


*Students wishing to transfer to EMU should follow the articulation guide.