The Paralegal Studies program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare students as paralegals. As the legal industry experiences transformation due to economic and technological changes, opportunities for accomplished and technically-savvy paralegals have increased significantly. Paralegal students receive education in many different facets of substantive law, including the litigation, criminal law, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution. The Paralegal Studies Program combines academic rigor with legal and technical competencies to develop well-rounded legal professionals. Our graduates pursue successful careers as paralegals in legal, corporate, non-profit, or government organizations, and many continue to law school.
In 1998, the Paralegal Studies program was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The majority of the 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.
Total Major Credits (46 credits)
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|
Major 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)