Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
(Currently Not Accepting Enrollments)
Description and Outcomes
Effective November 11, 2015, this program will no longer be accepting enrollments or reentries. An alternative program may be available/recommended. Check with an Admissions Advisor.
The Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program is designed to prepare you to pursue a career as a paralegal as well as for advancement if you are already working in the field. The program provides you with a broad knowledge base and a strong foundation in law and paralegal skills. The baccalaureate program is designed to combine the technical skills of various specialized areas of law with research, practical, technological, and analytical skills. In addition to the areas covered in the associate's-level program, the bachelor's degree covers the fields of real estate law, family law, tort law, and advanced legal writing, and includes paralegal electives and general education requirements at the 300/400-level.
Upon graduation, you may pursue occupational advancement or seek employment in legal environments including private law firms, corporations, and government agencies. A paralegal's duties may include providing support during courtroom proceedings, interviewing and investigation, preparing documents, managing technology, and researching legal issues.
Accelerated Master's Degree Options
If you are interested in earning a master's degree in environmental policy, human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.
The Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.
- Assist Clients: Analyze data to ethically assist clients throughout the legal process.
- Perform Legal Research: Locate and analyze relevant primary and secondary legal sources in electronic and print media.
- Perform Investigative Functions: Use investigative techniques to gather information from a variety of sources.
- Perform Communications Functions: Communicate with participants throughout the legal process.
- Implement Legal Procedures: Manage electronic and print information.
- Assist in Litigation Preparation: Draft and organize information for trial purposes.
- Prepare Legal Documents for Clients.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Arts and Humanities (select one of the following):||5|
|Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions|
|Humanities and Culture|
|Science (select one of the following):||5|
|Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World|
|General Biology I - Human Perspectives|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Science for Everyday Life|
|Social Science (select one of the following):||5|
|The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream|
|People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government|
|The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach|
|Total Core Requirements||33|
|IT133||Microsoft Office Applications on Demand 1||5|
|or PA230||Introduction to Legal Technology|
|LS100||Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession 2||5|
|or CS121||Pathways to Academic Success|
|PA201||Introduction to Legal Research||5|
|PA205||Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing||5|
|100/200 Level||Major Elective||10|
|PA300||Real Estate Law||6|
|PA310||Tort Law 3||6|
|PA401||Advanced Legal Writing||6|
|300/400 Level||Major Electives||24|
|PA499||Bachelor's Capstone in Paralegal Studies||6|
|Total Major Requirements||88|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Open Electives 4||59|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||59|
Online students will take PA230 Introduction to Legal Technology.
Online students will take LS100 Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession.
Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to PA165 Introduction to Torts must take the course in place of an open elective to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for PA310 Tort Law.
Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.