The Paralegal Studies program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare you as a paralegal to undertake a highly responsible position in the United States legal system. You will be educated in many different facets of law, including the use of computers, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution. In 1998, the Paralegal Studies program was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Some courses are available via distance education, but in accordance with ABA requirements, a minimum of 10 semester credits of legal specialty courses must be taken in a traditional classroom setting (face-to-face). Paralegals are prohibited from the practice of law except when allowed by law or court rule.
- To teach you substantive and procedural law with the objective of preparing you to complete any paralegal assignment in a competent, professional, and ethical manner.
- To develop your legal writing skills by exercising your critical thinking skills and analytical skills.
- To give you an understanding of legal research and to develop your ability to locate answers to legal questions.
- To ensure that you have up-to-date skills in technology, including the use of computers for data and word processing, and legal research.
- Through practical application, to improve your ability to work cooperatively with others; develop the your leadership skills and the ability to assume responsibility; and to improve your ability to follow directions.
- To maintain good communications with private and public legal services providers to ensure that the paralegal program stays abreast of changes in the legal field in order to provide you with meaningful and current paralegal training.
- To maintain good relations with national, state, and local bars and paralegal associations and to work collaboratively with these groups to improve and increase the utilization of paralegal services.
Required Courses (37 credits)
|PLS||100||Introduction to Law and Legal Studies|
|PLS||101||Criminal Law for the Paralegal|
|PLS||110||Emerging Technologies and the Legal Environment|
|PLS||120||Law in Contemporary Society|
|PLS||210||Legal Research and Writing I|
|PLS||211||Legal Research and Writing II|
|PLS||221||Law of Contracts|
|PLS||222||Law of Business Organizations|
|PLS||400||Legal Ethics (1 Credit)|
|PLS||420||Legal Capstone Course|
ajor Electives (9 credits)
Select three courses in Paralegal Studies course electives.
CORE Curriculum (30 credits)
Includes two writing courses (including Expository Writing and Critical Writing for the Professional); a Mathematics skills course; Intro to Speech Communications and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science; and two additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits.
Electives (45 credits)
Total Credits required to graduate (121 credits)
The Program’s educational goals are:
- Provide students with knowledge of ethics and professional responsibility to enable him/her to recognize these values and perform legal services in an ethical manner.
- Provide each student with tools to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Develop in each student the ability to communicate effectively through training in legal research, writing, listening and speaking skills