LEGAL AND PARALEGAL STUDIES

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Overview

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.

Career Preparation

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.

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 Opportunities Include: 

  • Paralegal Professional
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Lawyer
  • Banking

*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.

Faculty

Deborah Kottel