Programs in Paralegal Studies

Students may choose from any of the following program offerings in Paralegal Studies:

  • B.S. Paralegal Studies
  • A.S. Paralegal Studies
  • Paralegal Studies Certificate
  • Advanced Civil Practice Paralegal Certificate
  • Advanced Criminal Practice Paralegal Certificate

Features of the Program

Paralegals are equipped with skills to allow them to participate as a member of the legal team in law offices, courts, corporations, government agencies and private consulting firms. They carry out legal research, write reports, and assist attorneys on a regular basis. They must be focused and familiar with the various areas of law including criminal law, torts, contracts and property law. The title of paralegal is interchangeable with legal assistant and legal secretary.

Paralegal Studies students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following tasks:

  • Conducting client interviews and maintaining contact with clients
  • Locate and interview witnesses
  • Conduct investigations and statistical and documentary research
  • Conduct legal research
  • Draft legal documents and correspondence
  • Analyze and summarize testimony, medical records and discovery documents
  • Attend real estate closing, depositions, administrative court hearings, and execution of wills
  • Assist lawyers in preparing for depositions, hearings, closings and trials.

Paralegal Studies students are also expected to master the skills of:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Demonstrating professionalism
  • Using legal terminology correctly
  • Working effectively with the courts
  • Becoming proficient with computer technology, software and database

Requirements for Paralegal Majors

AC 120Introduction to Accounting3
BA 101Introduction to Business3
BA 311Human Resource Management3
EH 123Rhetoric and Composition I *3
EH 124Rhetoric and Composition II *3
EH 200Approaches to Literature *3
HY 211American National Government3
MI 214Microcomputer Spreadsheet Applications3
MS 131Logic and Problem Solving3
PL 100Intro to Legal Studies *3
PL 200Criminal Law *3
PL 201Real Estate Law *3
PL 203Civil Litigation *3
PL 204Introduction to Wills, Estates, and Trusts *3
PL 205Legal Research and Writing3
PL 301Torts3
Required for B.S. degree
PL 302Family Law3
Required for B.S. degree
PL 303Alternative Dispute Resolution3
Required for B.S. degree
PL 305Legal Ethics3
Required for B.S. degree
PL 403Advanced Legal Writing3
Required for B.S. degree
PL 405Workers Compensation3
Required for B.S. degree
PL 407Legal Studies Capstone *3
Required for B.S. degree
PL 498Paralegal Internship *3
PH 110Introduction to Ethics3
PY 111General Psychology3
SY 201Principles of Sociology3

Candidates for an Associate in Science degree are required to complete a minimum of 61 semester credit hours maintaining a 2.0 overall cumulative grade-point average. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Husson University. At least 15 credits must be earned in paralegal studies courses.

 

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree are required to complete a minimum of 122 semester credit hours maintaining a 2.0 overall cumulative grade-point average. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Husson University. At least 15 credits must be earned in paralegal studies courses.