Paralegal Studies Minor

Coordinator: Nicole A. Fackina

The Paralegal Studies Program, approved by the American Bar Association, offers the student a balanced and varied background in theoretical and practical aspects of law which are necessary for work as a legal assistant. Paralegals—sometimes referred to as legal assistants or legal analysts—work under the supervision of an attorney, in a variety of areas ranging from real estate, litigation and family law to patent, trademark and estate practice.  The program develops intellectual and analytical skills, educates students for direct employment opportunities in the legal assistant field, and provides additional career possibilities in combination with a student’s major.  With the exception of giving legal advice, making court appearances and setting fees, a paralegal may carry out many tasks.  Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public, except as permitted by law.

Program Requirements

Complete with a minimum 2.75 GPA:

PALG 210Law and Litigation3
PALG 312Research and Writing for Paralegals3
PALG 497Paralegal Seminar and Internship3
or PALG 498 Cooperative Education: Paralegal Studies
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Select 3-12 credits from the following:
Real Estate Law
Contract Law
Fundamentals of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Family Law
Corporations and Partnerships
Select 0-9 credits from the following:
Criminal Law and Procedure
Immigration Law
Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration
Evidence
Computer-Assisted Research in the Legal Environment
Bankruptcy Law
Administrative Law and Procedure
Personal Injury Law
Computer Applications in the Legal Environment
Employment Law
Independent Study in Paralegal Studies
Selected Topics in Paralegal Studies
Advanced Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Consumer Law
Elder Law
Civil Trial Preparation
Entertainment Law
Trademark Law
Criminal Trial Preparation
Law Office Management and Technology
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
Juries and Justice
Rights, Liberties and American Justice
Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel
Law in Society: Criminal Law
Total Credits21