Paralegal education prepares the student to assist with substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney or to work in a law-related setting. It does not lead to licensure as an attorney or to the practice of law.
(1) To provide an American Bar Association-approved program with a curriculum leading to a paralegal certificate; (2) to provide a liberal arts based education for undergraduate paralegal students; (3) to develop in each paralegal student superior writing, speaking, and analytical skills; (4) to offer high quality specific legal training to liberal arts students and bachelor’s degree holders seeking to become paralegals; and (5) to instill respect for legal and practical values and ethics.
This program is open to undergraduate students in all majors and to post-baccalaureate students.
Post Baccalaureate Certificate students must repeat the following core courses for credit if the course work is seven or more years old:
LGST 1250 – Legal Research and Writing
LGST 3520 – Litigation and Trial Practice
LGST 5900 – Legal Studies Practicum
Other courses seven or more years old are subject to legal studies department approval for application towards the paralegal certificate. When courses are repeated to fulfill Paralegal Certificate requirements, the repeated course credit will be changed to zero and the resulting grade will be excluded in the grade point average computation.