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  • Legal Studies
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall or Spring

    Award: AGS

    Average Class Size: 15

    Program Length: 4 semesters (full-time)

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Either

    Course Availability: Day, with limited evening/online courses

    Program Location: Pueblo

  • Career Information

    The Legal Studies program helps prepare students for careers in a wide range of legal settings, including law firms, state and Federal courts, government agencies and departments, insurance companies, corporate legal departments, real estate agencies, title companies and other environments in which a foundation in legal principles is necessary or beneficial. Some careers in these fields may require additional education and/or specialized training beyond the AGS-Legal Studies degree.

    What Will I Learn

    Students will learn substantive and procedural legal principles in multiple areas. Perhaps as importantly, students will undertake practical application exercises and assignments that replicate those in a law office or similar legal setting. The practical skills developed in the program include correspondence and legal document drafting, legal research, interviewing and investigation, organization and critical thinking. Students will also complete 30 hours of general education courses. These general education courses will expand the student’s base of knowledge in a variety of subjects and further refine their critical thinking, analytical, reading, writing and oral communication skills.

    Our Experienced Faculty

    Our legal courses are taught only by licensed or retired attorneys, experienced paralegals or criminal justice professionals. Many of our instructors currently work in law office or criminal justice settings. The program chair is a licensed attorney with nearly 20 years of combined practice and teaching experience.

    Program Requirements

    Students must meet general admissions requirements. In order to take any PAR-prefixed course, they must either have completed ENG 121 with a C or higher, or be concurrently enrolled in the course. Students must have successfully completed any required developmental courses in reading or writing before taking any PAR-prefixed course.

    Disclaimer

    Colorado does not presently recognize non-attorney legal practice (with very narrow exceptions). Generally speaking, only licensed attorneys may practice law. Practicing law without a license may subject an individual to civil and criminal sanctions.

    Students graduating from the Legal Studies program at Pueblo Community College cannot practice law, and no such representation is either expressed or implied by the college or the Legal Studies program. Students of the program are advised that they are to perform legal services only under the supervision of a licensed attorney. In some instances, a non-attorney’s work may be supervised by individuals with limited authority to engage in the practice of law (i.e. real estate brokers).

    Prospective students should consider the following from the Colorado Supreme Court:

    The Colorado Supreme Court has defined the “practice of law” as “act[ing] in a representative capacity in protecting, enforcing, or defending the legal rights and duties of another and in counseling, advising and assisting [another] in connection with these rights and duties.” The Court’s words make clear that providing legal advice to another person constitutes the practice of law, as does the selection and drafting of legal documents for use by another person. A non-lawyer’s exercise of legal discretion on behalf of another’s legal interest is prohibited because of potential harm to the public.

    Thus, a non-lawyer generally cannot: 

    1. Provide legal advice to another person;
    2. Select legal documents on behalf of another person;
    3. Draft legal documents on behalf of another person;
    4. Interpret the law as it may apply to another person’s situation;
    5. Represent another person in any legal transaction or matter;
    6. Prepare another person’s case for trial.

     

    Source:
    https://coloradosupremecourt.com/PDF/UPL/Understanding%20Practice%20of%20Law%20Issues.pdf