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Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

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 310 Litigation I  
PLS 311 Litigation II  
PLS 400 Legal Ethics (1 Credit)
PLS 401 Paralegal Internship  
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)