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ASc in Paralegal Studies

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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


Courses Descriptions


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.

OOL1001 Orientation to Online Learning  
IYMS1001 Improving Your Math Skills

Course of Study
Level 1 
Business Communication
Introductory Spanish
Introduction to Computers
Caribbean Civilisation
English for Academic Purposes
Level 1 Electives 
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Level 2 
Introduction to Administration of Trusts and Estates
The Law of Association
Introduction to Constitution and Administrative Law
Introduction to Tort Law
Introduction to Contract Law
Introduction to Property Law and Practice
Introduction to Criminal Law
Criminal Practices and Procedures
Civil Practices and Procedures II
Civil Practice and Procedures I
Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
Law Office Management
Introduction to Caribbean Legal Systems & Methods