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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. Face-to-face, classroom-based learning experiences are valued in the program, although some classes may be offered online or as in-class/online hybrid experiences.

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.

Course of Study
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS)

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

General Education

30 semester hours. Includes Common Seminar and Areas of Study.

Common Seminar

6 semester hours

ADED 301U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines I
ADED 302U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines II

Areas of Study

24 semester hours. At least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
  • MATH 103U Finite Mathematics (or higher)
  • The Arts

General Distribution

60 semester hours. Coursework selected from across the curriculum. Minors may be drawn from this area. Foundation Coursework applies toward General Distribution.

Foundation Coursework

The student’s placement test score, along with advising recommendations, will determine the pathway of foundation courses before other required coursework.

ENGL 101U Strategic Reading and Writing
ENGL 201U Critical Writing and Research I
ENGL 202U Critical Writing and Research II
MATH 103U Finite Mathematics


30 semester hours. Select from Human Resource Management, Information Security, IT Management or Paralegal Studies.

Major in Paralegal Studies

Undergraduate Major in Paralegal Studies

Professional Core

9 semester hours.

LDSP 368U Leadership in the Global Environment
HUM 300U Applied Ethics
MATH 265U Applied Statistics

Required Core

12 semester hours.

LA 301U Introduction to Paralegal Studies
LA 302U The Judicial System
LA 303U Legal Research
LA 304U Legal Writing

Focus Courses

9 semester hours selected from the following courses.

LA 306U Litigation
LA 310U Real Estate
LA 312U Family Law
LA 315U Torts
LA 316U Contract Law
LA 320U Environmental Law
LA 321U Criminal Law
LA 323U Elder Law
LA 398U Selected Topics
LAW 300U Business Law
LAW 303U Constitutional Law
LAW 304U First Amendment Law
LAW 315U Social Media Law and Ethics
LAW 322U Employment Law and Policy
LAW 325U CyberLaw
LAW 398U Selected Topics

Contact Us

Paralegal Studies Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133