Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies
Our Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) major in Paralegal Studies provides the skills needed to perform delegated, substantive legal work under the supervision of a lawyer. It also provides the verbal and written communication skills required by the profession.
Depending on your professional job responsibilities or career goals, you might consider specializing your degree by taking other paralegal and law classes in a variety of topics including Constitutional law or legal issues related to technology.
The role of the paralegal continues to expand in the legal sector. One of a paralegal’s most important tasks is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings. Our BSPS major in Paralegal Studies provides the skills to perform these and other legal tasks.
While the program does not provide the breadth, depth or rigor of a law school education, our students get a feel for law as a general subject and gain skills valuable to law offices and legal departments.
The BSPS requires 120 semester hours of coursework, including 30 hours for the major in Paralegal Studies. You may transfer up to 60 semester hours into the degree.
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
30 semester hours. Includes Common Seminar and Areas of Study.
6 semester hours
Areas of Study
24 semester hours. At least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas:
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
- MATH 103U Finite Mathematics (or higher)
- The Arts
60 semester hours. Coursework selected from across the curriculum. Minors may be drawn from this area. Foundation Coursework applies toward General Distribution.
The student’s placement test score, along with advising recommendations, will determine the pathway of foundation courses before other required coursework.
30 semester hours. Select from Human Resource Management, Information Security, IT Management or Paralegal Studies.
Undergraduate Major in Paralegal Studies
9 semester hours.
12 semester hours.
9 semester hours selected from the following courses.