The field of paralegal studies prepares students to assume challenging legal positions. Each core course in the major provides a balance between legal theory and practical application. Elective options allow students to pursue specialty area expertise. The program requires an internship, where the student obtains actual experience in a law firm, judge’s office, or corporation.
Law firms offer the majority of placement opportunities; however, many graduates choose to join corporations, legal aid organizations, banks, insurance companies, or government. Graduate school opportunities, including law school, are available for paralegal studies graduates with bachelor degrees. A paralegal is a non-lawyer who assists attorneys in their professional duties. Paralegals cannot practice law, or may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
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*Individual programs may require on-campus courses. For instance, students admitted to the paralegal program are required to complete 10 credits of legal specialty courses in a traditional classroom setting.