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B.S. Degree in Paralegal {20-21}

B.S. Degree in Paralegal

Description
To receive the B.S. Degree in Paralegal, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits). A GPA of 2.25 or higher required for all major coursework in this program. ***Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except where authorized by law.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student knows substantive and procedural law applicable to the course.
  • Student can identify legal issues.
  • Student can analyze legal issues.
  • Student can research the law.
  • Student can draft legal memoranda and/or trial or appellate court briefs.
  • Student can draft documents and pleadings.
  • Student communicates effectively orally and in writing.
  • Student understands the rules of legal ethics.
  • Student can obtain information by interviewing and investigation.
  • Student understands roles and relationships within a legal services delivery team.

Core Requirements ( 34 credits )

Majors must complete the core requirements and at least one area of emphasis. This requires 12 credits from either Litigation or Transactions. In addition, all majors must complete at least 6 credits from one other area of emphasis. Credits in excess of the minimum requirements are applied to general electives.

PARA 125 Introduction to Paralegal (3)
PARA 251 Legal Research and Writing (3)
PARA 310 Civil Procedure I (3)
PARA 320 Family Law (3)
PARA 325 Interviewing (3)
PARA 331 Debtor-Creditor/Bankruptcy Law (3)
PARA 375 Legal Ethics (3)
PARA 405 Wills, Estates and Taxation (3)
PARA 416 Elder Law (3)
PARA 425 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3)
PARA 469 Internship (4-12)

Emphasis in Transactions

Program Requirements ( 12 credits )

ACCT 280 Legal Environment of Business (3)
PARA 350 Contract Law and Drafting (3) or
ACCT 306 Contracts and Business Entities (3)
PARA 321 Employment Law (3)
PARA 380 Real Estate (3)

Related Requirements ( 6 credits )

Students must complete at least six credits in one other area of emphasis.


Emphasis in Litigation

Program Requirements ( 12 credits )

PARA 346 Public Benefits (3) 
PARA 410 Civil Procedure II (3) 
PARA 420 Criminal Litigation (3) 
PARA 435 Personal Injury (3) 

Related Requirements ( 6 credits )

Students must complete at least six credits in one other area of emphasis.