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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Legal Studies, A.S.

The Professional Legal Studies program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare students as paralegals. As the legal industry experiences transformation due to economic and technological changes, opportunities for accomplished and technically-savvy paralegals have increased significantly. Professional Legal Studies students receive education in many different facets of law, including the use of computers, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution. The Professional Legal Studies Program combines academic rigor with legal and technical competencies to develop well-rounded legal professionals. Our graduates pursue successful careers as paralegals in legal, corporate, non-profit, or government organizations, and many continue to law school.

This program is approved by the American Bar Association. In accordance with ABA requirements, minimum of 9 semester credits of legal specialty courses must be taken in a traditional classroom setting or online through synchronous learning. Paralegals are prohibited from the practice of law except when allowed by law or court rule.

Program Requirements

Major Electives (3 credits)

Select one course in Paralegal Studies course electives.

Total Major Credits: 25 credits

Core Curriculum (21 credits)

Includes two writing courses (Expository Writing and Critical Writing for the Professional) a Mathematics skills course; Effective Speaking Across Audience; Social Science; one liberal arts electives and at one of the following approved courses from the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts.

Electives (15 credits)

Total Credits Required to Graduate: 61 credits