All Paralegal Studies programs are approved by the American Bar Association as fulfilling its requirements.
Curriculum for Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies (Includes a Paralegal Certificate)
The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies is designed for the student entering college for the first time or entering with fewer than 60 academic credits. The associate's program requires completion of a total of 60 credits: 31 credits in general education and 25 credits in Paralegal Studies. The remaining credits are elective courses. The curriculum assures that our students become acquainted with many fields of study, with a focus on a wide range of legal specialty courses necessary for a career as a paralegal. Prior college credits may be transferred into the AS degree. Graduates frequently continue to complete the bachelor's degree.
Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration (Includes a Paralegal Certificate)
The Bachelor of Arts requires a total of 120 credits combining required general education courses and Paralegal Studies courses, and offers significant opportunity for expanding work in paralegal studies through electives. The program includes an internship program, in which students can take 3-15 credits working in a legal environment. It also provides for elective courses in areas such as Family Law, Employment Law, Healthcare Law, and Bankruptcy. The bachelor's program also encourages multi-disciplinary work, combining law, science, ethics, and other disciplines for a rich appreciation of the law in society. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the 300 level or above. Prior college credits may be transferred into the B.A. degree.
The Paralegal Certificate program is designed for students who have a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits (30 credits of which must be in the liberal arts) and therefore have a strong background in general education. The program includes 19 credits, of which 10 credits (four courses) are required courses. Students can select from a wide array of courses for the remaining nine credits to custom-design a Certificate in areas such as litigation, business law, estate administration, or healthcare law. The Certificate can be completed in nine months.