University Studies offers a part-time Paralegal Studies program that is approved by the American Bar Association. The program, which began at Hartford College for Women in 1974, was the first legal education program for paralegals in Connecticut. It provides a rigorous education in legal specialty courses in preparation for one of the fastest-growing careers in this country.
Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney in private law firms, banks, public interest and legal aid organizations, governmental agencies, courts, and corporate law departments. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as provided by law. They perform a wide variety of legal tasks, such as drafting legal documents, assisting in civil or criminal trial preparation, or conducting legal research and investigations. Their work enables the supervising attorneys to meet the needs of clients more effectively and to deal more efficiently with the complex problems demanding legal expertise.
Several enrollment options are available to students wishing to pursue a paralegal career. University Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration and an Associate in Science, as well as a Paralegal Certificate program. Students may choose from these options depending on individual needs and career goals. The Paralegal Studies program is not designed to prepare students for law school.