The Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals since 1981. The curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and that employers of legal personnel demand.
All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, giving students the benefit of real-world legal experience as well as immediate access to professional networks. In addition to acquiring substantive knowledge in the classroom through 36 credits of coursework, students gain practical experience by performing a 100-hour internship in a law firm or other legal office during their last semester of study.
Thanks to the long history and the success of its alumni, the program has broad support among legal employers.
|English 1010 Writing or CSEN 1250 Writing||4|
|Select one course:
Foreign Language or non-Western Culture
|Oral Communications – Select one course:
|Distribution Requirements (at least two disciplines per category)||Credits|
|Designated writing course||3-4|
|Major Core Courses||Credits|
|PARA 2010 Introduction to Paralegal Studies||3|
|PARA 3020 Legal Research||3|
|PARA 3030 Legal Writing*||3|
|PARA 3050 Litigation I||3|
|PARA 3060 Litigation II*||3|
|PARA 3070 Computers in the Law Firm**||3|
|Five Paralegal Courses 4000+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above)||15|
|PARA 5900 Paralegal Practicum (final semester, includes 100-hour internship requirement)||3|
|Varies according to minor chosen|
|As needed to total 120 credits|
* Preceding course is a prerequisite
** Prerequisite: CPST 1000 Intro to Microcomputers or director approval