Paralegal Studies Minor

The Paralegal Studies Program, approved by the American Bar Association, offers students a balanced and varied background in theoretical and practical aspects of law, which are necessary for work as a paralegal. Over 60% of our graduates go on to work as paralegals or continue onto law school.  The minor in Paralegal Studies provides a solid foundation for students aspiring to work in the legal field, go to law school or graduate school. It also develops intellectual and analytical skills, educates students for direct employment opportunities in the paralegal field, and provides additional career possibilities in combination with other majors/minors. The Montclair State University Paralegal Studies Program was the first program in New Jersey to receive American Bar Association approval. ParalegalEDU.org named Montclair State University’s Department of Justice Studies as the #1 pick in New Jersey for paralegal students interested in a paralegal studies.

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 intellectual property, estate and criminal practice.

This is a 21-credit minor with a requirement of a 2.75 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.75 minor GPA.

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 directly 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