Community college certification, Employment
Method of Delivery
Hybrid or blended
Daytime Hours, Evening Hours
Instructional Program (CIP)
Paralegal Studies – Certificate
Graduates will demonstrate 1) basic knowledge in legal skills which will prepare them to obtain an entrylevel position within a law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and 2) competency incommunications, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.
Preparation for entry level employment in law offices. Provides students with practical legal skills enablingthem to draft legal documents. Students are familiarized with fundamental concepts of substantive areassuch as torts and business law. Legal theory and related practical applications are integrated throughoutthe program.
Competencies to be achieved:
LAS 101 Introduction to Law: Fundamentals of legal terminology, legal principles, development of a casefor trial, adjudication, and post-verdict procedures in the civil and criminal systems.
LAS 109 Legal Procedures: Application of the procedural aspects of pre-trial, discovery, trial preparation,and post-trial work as part of a litigation team.
LAS 131 Legal Writing: Application and analysis of the writing process to produce documents commonlyused in the practice of law.
LAS 204 Business Law for Paralegals: Examination and preparation of legal contracts and documents usedin the formation and operation of business organizations.
LAS 211 Legal Research: Use of print and electronic media to locate, read, and interpret public documents,statutes, administrative regulations, and cases from county, state, and federal jurisdictions.
LAS 220 Legal Interviewing, Investigating, and Report Writing: Interviewing, investigating, questioning,documenting, and evidence analysis.
LAS 221 Computerized Law Office and Litigation Support: Word processing skills, litigation support systems, presentation programs, billing systems, and trial electronic software for the law office.
ENG 101 Freshman Composition: Co-requisite for LAS 131
B.Total Cost of Program (include all costs to student including testing, licensure):
In-state: $ 3380.20 Out-of-state: $ 4314.20
•Tuition, In-State: $2300.00 ($92 per credit hour for 25 credit hours);
Out-of-state: $3234.00 ($102 per credit hour for 1-6 credits; then $138 per credit hour for 7-14 credits. These 25 credit hours are taken over 3 semesters of 12, 7, 6 credits each.)
Estimated Books: $957.20 Bus fee: $15 ($5 per semester); Online course fees: $108 ($27 each for 4 online courses)
C.Provide a list of all books required for the program (even if cost of books is included in tuition):
- Introduction to Law ($125.00 rent new, ISBN 9780134868240)
- Civil Litigation ($150.00, ISBN 9781337798839)
- Business Organizations for Paralegals ($201.05, ISBN 9780135103647)
- Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing ($187.20 buy used, ISBN 9781305948372)
- Interviewing and Investigating ($190.95, ISBN 9781543801071)
- Technology in the Law ($60.00, ISBN 9780133802573)
- ENG 101 textbook (not required by all instructors): Curious Writer ($43, ISBN 9780135592083)
D.Provide a list of all supplies required for the program (even if costs are included in tuition):
E.WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification:
Name: Bradley Baird
Phone number: 928-344-7781
F.Direct Website link to the program: https://www.azwestern.edu/sites/default/files/degrees-and-certificates/occupational-certificate/Paralegal_Studies.pdf
Background check requirements for licensing and background restrictions for working in the occupation:
OPTIONAL: (Not included in total cost of program; Not required for employment): Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE) to receive CORE Registered Paralegal Certification (CRP) $325
H.Refund Policy (provide a summary if Refund policy is not listed on school website):https://www.azwestern.edu/paying-for-college.Credentials: (The following questions must be answered along with a supporting explanation for each)•Industry Recognized: (Developed and offered by, or endorsed by a nationally-recognized industry association or organization representing a sizeable portion of the industry sector)Yes or No: No•Stackable: (Part of a sequence of credentials)Yes or No: YesCareer Pathway: Associates of Applied Science Paralegal Studies•Portable: (Recognized in other geographical areas; by other educational institutions; or by other industries/companies)Yes or No (Explain): Yes, recognized at state and national level•Accredited Curriculum: (This is referring to the course being accredited, not the test or school)Yes or No: Yes Accrediting Agency and link to website: Higher Learning Commission, https://www.hlcommission.org/J.Credential Attainment Rate: Percentage of students in the last 24 months who obtained a postsecondary credential, or secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, during participation or within one year after exit from the training program. 40%, 17/43
Program Length (Weeks)
WIOA Approved Program
Curriculum Competency Based
2020 S Avenue 8E, Yuma, AZ 85365
9 - Yuma County Workforce Investment Board
Type of Attainment:
Paralegal Studies Certificate
Name of Credential
Paralegal Studies Certificate
Type of financial aid offered or have access to
Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?
Yes - Higher Learning Commission https://post.az.gov/
Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?
Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?
$957.20 Costs provided are estimates and subject to change
$123.00 Bus Fee and Online Course Fee
Total In-State Program Cost
Total Out-of-State Program Cost