B.S. Paralegal Studies

Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies 
students are expected to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work and related activity in the Bachelor of Science program. This program provides both a strong core of professional courses as well as a varied liberal arts background. This program will prepare graduates for entry level positions and also for future advancement to leadership positions in the profession. After students complete two years of course work, they will be eligible to do internships in agencies, offices, courts and businesses for hands-on experiential learning in the field. 

The B.S. Paralegal Studies degree requires students to:

  • Demonstrate excellent or outstanding understanding of the key concepts of the Legal Profession by applying the skills of: 
    • Critical Thinking
    • Organizational
    • Communication
    • Legal Research
    • Legal Writing
    • Interviewing and Investigation
    • Law Office Management
    • Professionalism
    • Use of legal terminology
    • Court procedure
    • Computer proficiency
  • Demonstrate excellent or outstanding ability to apply ethical decision-making skills and integrity in an ever changing global environment.
  • Demonstrate excellent or outstanding ability to produce and present effective oral and written forms of communication.
General Education Courses
EH 123Rhetoric and Composition I *3
EH 124Rhetoric and Composition II *3
EH 200Approaches to Literature3
HE 111The Husson Experience ***1
MS 131Logic and Problem Solving3
MS 141Contemporary College Algebra4
PY 111General Psychology3
Ethics Elective3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3
Global Elective3
Lab Science Elective3-4
Open Electives (4)12
Co-curricular activity and community service experience are required
Professional Courses
BA 201Business Law I3
BA 202Business Law II3
CJ 225Criminal Procedure3
CJ 309Constitutional Law3
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 Writing *3
PL 301Torts3
PL 302Family Law3
PL 303Alternative Dispute Resolution3
PL 403Advanced Legal Writing3
PL 405Workers Compensation3
PL 407Legal Studies Capstone *3
PL 498Paralegal Internship *3
AC/BA/CJ/PL Elective (2)6
CJ/PL Elective (4)12
CJ/HY/PL Elective 3
CJ/PL/PY Elective3
Total Hours122-123

Suggested Course Sequence 

First Year
BA 2013EH 124*3
EH 123*3MS 1313
HE 111***1PL 2003
MS 1414PL 2013
PL 100*3PY 1113
PL 2043 
 17 15
Second Year
EH 2003BA 2023
PL 203*3CJ 2253
PL 205*3PL 3023
AC/BA/CJ/PL Elective3CJ/PL Elective3
CJ/HY/PL Elective3Ethics Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
CJ 3093PL 4033
PL 3033AC/BA/CJ/PL Elective3
Fine Art Elective3CJ/PL Elective3
Foreign Culture & Conversation Elective3CJ/PL Elective3
Global Elective3Lab Science Elective3-4
 15 15-16
Fourth Year
PL 3013PL 4053
CJ/PL Elective3PL 407*3
CJ/PL/PY Elective3PL 498*3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 122-123