Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Arts

Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 54

Paralegal students with an interest in criminal law are encouraged to take the substantive and procedural criminal law courses (81-430 and 81-445) as part of their law-related electives. Paralegal students with an interest in business law are encouraged to take 61-250 Business Law.

Degree Requirements

I. Core Courses (33)

A. Required Courses

90-101Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3

90-201Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals

3

90-202Law Office Management and Computer Use for Paralegals

3

90-301Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing for Paralegals

3

90-302Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals

3

90-303Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals

3

90-401Paralegal Capstone: Practicum

3

B. Select four Paralegal Specialty Electives:

90-310Torts and Personal Injury Law for Paralegals

3

90-312Basic Contract Law for Paralegals

3

90-314Wills, Trusts and Estates for Paralegals

3

90-316Real Estate and Property Law for Paralegals

3

90-318Family Law for Paralegals

3

90-320Sole Proprietorship, Corporations, and Partnerships for Paralegals

3

90-322Commercial Law for Paralegals

3

90-324Elder Law for Paralegals

3

90-326Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals

3

90-328Environmental Law for Paralegals

3

90-330Immigration Law for Paralegals

3

90-332Intellectual Property for Paralegals

3

90-334Taxation for Paralegals

3

II. Select two Law-Related Courses: (6)

18-371Constitutional Law

3

18-372Civil Liberties

3

61-250Business Law I

3

81-260Juvenile Justice System

3

81-430Elements of Criminal Law

3

81-445Criminal Procedures/Rules of Evidence

3

III. Select two courses in the Context and Role of Law in Society: (6)

18-361History of Political Thought I

3

18-362History of Political Thought II

3

18-363American Political Thought

3

15-310Philosophy of Law

3

IV. Select two additional Program Electives from courses listed below: (6)

09-325United States Since 1941

3

18-321Comparative Government

3

18-331International Relations

3

20-350Sociology of Criminal Behavior

3

20-345Sociology of Delinquent Behavior

3

81-200Court Systems and Probation

3

V. Paralegal majors must select an American Government course as a General Education course in Social Studies. Select one American Government course (3):

 

18-200American National Government

3

-OR

18-210State and Local Government

3

VI. The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of 90-301 Legal Research, Analysis and Writing for Paralegals.