Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Law and Policy

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Law and Policy degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in law and policy or are preparing for graduate programs in law or other related fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may work in areas where a license to practice law is not required. These areas include, but are not limited to compliance, contracts, risk management, human resources, public policy, probation, insurance, finance, real estate, city planning and administration.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Law and Policy (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8141
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Use critical analysis and creative thinking to develop solutions.
  2. Formulate and defend arguments.
  3. Critically analyze complex textual material.
  4. Communicate complex ideas clearly with a purpose appropriate to the context or audience in written and oral forms.
  5. Demonstrate empathetic and active listening skills.
  6. Demonstrate information literacy by identifying a research need and accessing and critically evaluating information for the appropriate context.
  7. Synthesize multiple sources of information to achieve an objective within a given context.
  8. Apply professional guidelines for the ethical promotion of justice in the legal system.
  9. Explain the role of law in a free society.
  10. Demonstrate techniques and skills for developing and maintaining a collaborative environment with diverse internal and external agents.
  11. Compare and contrast the U.
  12. Apply legal concepts, doctrines, and theories appropriate to a given context.
  13. Utilize appropriate technology to accomplish objectives relevant to the context.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

$94,050

Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators

$59,140

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

$119,310

Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other

$103,160

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$53,380

Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

$48,360

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Judicial Law Clerks
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
POS110 American National Government Critical course Gateway course SB 3
MAT15+ College Algebra/Functions OR Higher course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application BPC110 or CIS105 required for students taking certain LAS and PAR course options. CS 3
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104 or
AAA/CPD115
Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development or Creating College Success 0–3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level or elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PAD100 or
POS120 or
POS140 or
POS210 or
POS285
21st Century Public Policy and Service or World Politics or Comparative Government or Political Ideologies or Political Issues and Public Policy Take 2 courses from the following Policy Focus Courses: POS120 or POS140 or POS210 or PAD100 or POS285. Students may select PAD100 or POS285 but not both. G, SB or SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended SB or L 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Critical course L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Critical course OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PAD100 or
POS120 or
POS140 or
POS210 or
POS285
21st Century Public Policy and Service or World Politics or Comparative Government or Political Ideologies or Political Issues and Public Policy Take 2 courses from the following Policy Focus Courses: POS120 or POS140 or POS210 or PAD100 or POS285. Students may select PAD100 or POS285 but not both. G, SB or SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend AJS123 HU 3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative Recommend FOR105 OR FOR106 SQ 4
Law Focus Elective Law Focus Elective 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 0–3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General Recommend FOR105 OR FOR106 SQ or SG 4
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Law Focus Electives: 

Select one course from the following for a total of 3 credits.
Note: LAS109 is available at Phoenix College as part of their Paralegal Studies program. Students accepted into this program may use this course to satisfy this requirement.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice SB 3
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS201 Rules of Evidence 3
AJS210 Constitutional Law 3
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures 3
AJS230 The Police Function 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
LAS109 Civil Procedures I 3
PAR101 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 3
PAR102 Paralegal Research, Analysis, and Writing I 3
PAR112 Civil Litigation I 3
POS223 Civil Rights and Liberties C, SB 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
POS110 American National Government Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104 or
AAA/CPD115
Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PAD100 or
POS120 or
POS140 or
POS210 or
POS285
21st Century Public Policy and Service or World Politics or Comparative Government or Political Ideologies or Political Issues and Public Policy Take 2 courses from the following Policy Focus Courses: POS120 or POS140 or POS210 or PAD100 or POS285. Students may select PAD100 or POS285 but not both. G, SB or SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Critical course OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT15+ College Algebra/Functions OR Higher course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
PAD100 or
POS120 or
POS140 or
POS210 or
POS285
21st Century Public Policy and Service or World Politics or Comparative Government or Political Ideologies or Political Issues and Public Policy Take 2 courses from the following Policy Focus Courses: POS120 or POS140 or POS210 or PAD100 or POS285. Students may select PAD100 or POS285 but not both. G, SB or SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application BPC110 or CIS105 required for students taking certain LAS and PAR course options. CS 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level or elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend AJS123 HU 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended SB or L 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Critical course L 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Law Focus Elective Law Focus Elective 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Elective 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative Recommend FOR105 OR FOR106 SQ 4
RE Restricted Elective 0–3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General Recommend FOR105 OR FOR106 SQ or SG 4

Law Focus Electives: 

Select one course from the following for a total of 3 credits.
Note: LAS109 is available at Phoenix College as part of their Paralegal Studies program. Students accepted into this program may use this course to satisfy this requirement.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice SB 3
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS201 Rules of Evidence 3
AJS210 Constitutional Law 3
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures 3
AJS230 The Police Function 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
LAS109 Civil Procedures I 3
PAR101 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 3
PAR102 Paralegal Research, Analysis, and Writing I 3
PAR112 Civil Litigation I 3
POS223 Civil Rights and Liberties C, SB 3

Restricted Electives 

Constitutional Foundations:
AJS210 Constitutional Law 
LAS101 Introduction to Law 
PAR101 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 
PAR106 Legal Foundations for Paralegals 
POS223 Civil Rights and Liberties 

Criminal Law:
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 
AJS201 Rules of Evidence 
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures 
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 

Civil Law:

Note: LAS109 is available at Phoenix College as part of their Paralegal Studies program. Students accepted into this program may use this course to satisfy this requirement.
LAS109 Civil Procedures I 
LAS110 Civil Procedures II 
LAS204 Contract Law 
LAS211 Legal Research 
LAS212 Tort Law 
LAS214 Business Organizations 
PAR112 Civil Litigation I 
PAR114 Civil Litigation II 

Applications of Law:
AJS225 Criminology 
AJS230 The Police Function 
AJS240 The Correction Function 
AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258 Victimology and Crisis Management 
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business
PAR102 Paralegal Research, Analysis, and Writing I 
PAR103 Paralegal Research, Analysis, and Writing II 

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Law and Policy (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=156687).


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