LEGAL AND PARALEGAL STUDIES

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What makes our program unique?

This American Bar Association (ABA) approved degree program in Legal and Paralegal Studies prepares students to perform critical roles in the American legal system. 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 real-world experience in a law firm, judge’s office, or corporation.

While this program can be completed online, 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.

Learning Objectives

In the legal and paralegal studies program, students will learn to:

  1. Identify legally significant facts
  2. Interview clients to retrieve accurate information
  3. Communicate effectively with legal professionals and non-legal professionals
  4. Draft memoranda and appellate briefs
  5. Apply the paralegal ethical code of conduct to all decisions

Career Preparation

Law firms offer the majority of placement opportunities for students that earn a degree in Legal and Paralegal Studies. Graduates from this ABA approved program are qualified to serve as a paralegal.

In addition to law firms, many graduates choose to join corporations, legal aid organizations, banks, insurance companies, or government.

Graduate school opportunities, including law school, are available for Legal and Paralegal studies graduates with bachelor degrees. A paralegal is a non-lawyer who assists attorneys in their professional duties. Paralegals cannot practice law or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. However, when working for an attorney, paralegals play a critical role in preparing cases for trial or performing other legal duties.

Career Opportunities Include:
  • Paralegal Professional
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Lawyer
  • Banking

Degrees

Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science in Legal and Paralegal Studies

Majors

Legal and Paralegal Studies

Faculty

Deborah Kottel
Edward Lucas