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 (CSJS 43000 and CSJS 44500) as part of their law-related electives. Paralegal students with an interest in business law are encouraged to take BSAD 25000 Business Law.

This degree program is offered in both the traditional and accelerated format. The degree requirements are the same in both formats. The degree requirements are listed below. For accelerated program information, refer to the School of Graduate, Professional, and Continuing Education section in this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Program: BA-PRLG-A or BA-PRLG-L

I. Core Courses (33)

A. Required Courses

PRLG-10100Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3

PRLG-20100Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals

3

PRLG-20200Law Office Management and Computer Use for Paralegals

3

PRLG-30100Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing for Paralegals

3

PRLG-30200Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals

3

PRLG-30300Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals

3

PRLG-40100Paralegal Capstone: Practicum

3

B. Select four Paralegal Specialty Electives:

PRLG-31000Torts and Personal Injury Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-31200Basic Contract Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-31400Wills, Trusts and Estates for Paralegals

3

PRLG-31600Real Estate and Property Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-31800Family Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-32000Sole Proprietorship, Corporations, and Partnerships for Paralegals

3

PRLG-32200Commercial Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-32400Elder Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-32600Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-32800Environmental Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-33000Immigration Law for Paralegals

3

PRLG-33200Intellectual Property for Paralegals

3

PRLG-33400Taxation for Paralegals

3

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

POLS-37100Constitutional Law

3

POLS-37200Civil Liberties

3

BSAD-25000Business Law 1

3

CSJS-26000Juvenile Justice System

3

CSJS-43000Elements of Criminal Law

3

CSJS-44500Criminal Procedure / Rules of Evidence

3

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

POLS-36100Western Political Thought 1

3

POLS-36200Western Political Thought 2

3

POLS-36300American Political Thought

3

PHIL-31000Philosophy of Law

3

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

HIST-32500United States Since 1941

3

POLS-32100Comparative Government

3

POLS-33100International Relations

3

SOCI-35000Criminology

3

SOCI-34500Juvenile Delinquency

3

CSJS-20000Court 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):

POLS-20000American National Government

3

-OR

POLS-21000State and Local Government

3

VI. Advanced Writing Requirement

The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of:
PRLG-30100Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing for Paralegals

3