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ASc in Paralegal Studies

Field of Study: Paralegal Studies
Institution: University of the West Indies Open Campus
Island: Caribbean


Prepare yourself for the challenging work of a paralegal with the Associate of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies (ASc PALS). The demand for capable paralegals is growing rapidly in the Caribbean and the wider world. Paralegals are required to perform many tasks formerly carried out by lawyers as well as to carry out the office procedures necessary for the efficient running of law offices. The programme provides an overall understanding of the Commonwealth Caribbean legal system. The delivery of each course ensures that it is relevant to the country in which it is offered to give the student a working knowledge of that jurisdiction while providing breadth to enable them to move to another jurisdiction and function effectively. The programme instruction will be practice-oriented to ensure that paralegals have a good functional grasp of paralegal practices.

Graduates meet the matriculation requirements for entry to the LLB programme at UWI.


Who is this programme for?

The ASc PALS programme is specifically designed for persons interested in working as paralegals, persons currently working in secretarial or administrative capacities in law firms or legal departments and persons needing entry requirements for further study in law.


Programme Structure

The Associate Degree programmes are delivered using a mixed-mode format. Courses are delivered using online or blended approaches. Students must have access to a computer and Internet access. Online orientation is conducted before the start of the programme.

Students complete a total of 60 credits normally equivalent to 20 courses. Students explore general education and core courses in a number of areas including:

• Caribbean Civilizations
• Introduction to Caribbean Legal Systems & Methods
• Introduction to Legal Research & Writing
• Civil Practice & Procedure
• Constitutional & Administrative Law
• Introductory Foreign Language


When will the programme start?

The programme starts in August of the academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should meet lower level matriculation requirements which include:

1.    Holders of five (5) CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting, as follows:
   (i)    English (A), and
   (ii)   Mathematics or a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science), or additional Mathematics or Geography
   (iii)  Three (3) other approved subjects not already counted above.
2.    Persons over the age of 21 on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments.
3.    Holders of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies, UWI with an acceptable pass in English Language


Academic Preparation

Prior to the start of the programme all new participants must take part in an orientation programme held in August of an academic year.  This orientation introduces learners to online study and prepares them for the demands of a UWI Open Campus Associate Degree programme.

OOL1001Orientation to Online Learning 
IYMS1001Improving Your Math Skills 


Course of Study

General Education  
FOUN1001English for Academic Purposes Online
MGMT1000Introduction to Computers Online
FOUN1101Caribbean Civilization Online
MATH0900Mathematics Online
ENGL0901Business Communication Online
SPAN0900Introductory Spanish Online
Programme Core  
LAW1900Introduction to Caribbean Legal Systems and Methods Online
LAW1901Law Office Management Online
LAW1902Introduction to Legal Research and Writing Online
LAW1903Civil Practice and Procedures I Online
LAW1904Civil Practice and Procedures II Online
LAW1905Criminal Practice and Procedures Online
LAW1906Introduction to Criminal Law Online
LAW1907Introduction to Contract Law Online
LAW1908Introduction to Tort Law Online
LAW1909Introduction to Property Law and Practice Online
LAW1910Introduction to Constitutional and Administrative Law Online
LAW1911The Law of Associations Online
LAW1912Introduction to Administration of Trusts and Estates Online
Level I Electives (Choose ONE (1) Elective)  
SOCI1002Introduction to Sociology Online
ECON1001Introduction to Microeconomics Online 
FINA1001Elements of Banking & Finance Online

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