The Department of Paralegal Studies offers general preparation and concentration in specific areas of the law for practicing paralegals.

The department emphasizes theoretical and practical information in important legal areas, including the fundamentals of manual- and computer-based legal research and legal writing proficiency.

Students understand the values underlying the legal system and ethical issues that arise in paralegal practice. The programs offered in the department help you understand how you fit into the legal system as a professional and a citizen. You will learn to think critically, analyze facts and concepts and articulate information verbally and in writing.

The Department of Paralegal Studies offers a major in paralegal studies and a minor in legal studies. We also offer a certificate in paralegal studies. The paralegal studies major and certificate are approved by the American Bar Association. The legal studies minor is not ABA approved and does not prepare one to become a paralegal. A paralegal is not licensed to practice law and works under a lawyers' supervision.



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