Paralegal Studies

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The Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program prepares students for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. Students learn how to draft legal documents under the direction of an attorney, use word processing and other law-related software, manage a law office, interview clients, perform investigative research, understand the organization of the court system, and have a working knowledge of substantive and procedural law. Ethics, critical thinking, and solid general legal knowledge will be the foundation of student skills.

As a paralegal, career options are not limited to a law office, but also include corporate legal departments, law schools, public and private agencies, and local, state, and federal government.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The Paralegal Studies program holds Institutional Membership in the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

Planning to earn a Bachelor's degree?
Pre-Law Emphasis AA-AS Degree (PDF document)
Students can choose to earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Pre-Law at Nashville State, then transfer to a four-year university to complete their baccalaureate degree. AA/AS degree areas of emphasis courses do not represent requirements for any specific university. In planning the courses to be taken at Nashville State, students first choose the four-year university that they plan to attend, consult the catalog of the transfer university for specific degree requirements, and meet with their Nashville State advisors to match up the courses offered at Nashville State with the courses required at their future four-year university.

Advising Sheet Archives


2014–2015 Advising Sheets

AAS Degree Advising Sheet
Paralegal Studies

AA/AS Degree Advising Sheet
Pre-Law Emphasis


2013–2014 Advising Sheets

AAS Degree Advising Sheet
Paralegal Studies

AA/AS Degree Advising Sheet
Pre-Law Emphasis


Program Faculty

Howard Doty, Professor, 615-353-3416, Website:
B.S., Business Administration, Tennessee Technological University, 1969
J.D., Law, University of Tennessee School of Law, 1970

Edmund Turnley, Instructor, 615-353-3431
B.B.A., Music Business, Belmont University, 1976
M.B.A., Business Administration, Samford University, 1980
J.D., Law, Cumberland School of Law, 1980

Contact Information

Program Office: 615-353-3390

Ed Turnley, Instructor

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Advising Sheets

Please see Advising Sheet Archives on the left for previous year advising sheets.

AAS Degree Advising Sheet
Paralegal Studies

AA/AS Degree Advising Sheet
Pre-Law Emphasis

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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