The Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate (PBC) curriculum focuses solely upon legal skills and substantive law courses, culminating in the practicum course, which includes a 100-hour internship in a legal services office and an instructional component focusing upon legal ethics, professionalism, and career success skills. Nine three-credit courses are required for completion of the Paralegal Studies PBC.
The School of Professional Advancement's Paralegal Studies PBC has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals since 1981. Its curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and legal employers demand.
Paralegals are trained professionals who work under the supervision of licensed attorneys. Paralegals are not lawyers and are not permitted to practice law or to provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. To ensure compliance with ABA requirements, all students must complete at least three GLSP classes (9 credits) via in-person or synchronous transmission format.
The PBC is open to students who have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, earning an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
|GLSP 2010||Intro to the Legal System||3|
|GLSP 3020||Legal Research||3|
|GLSP 3030||Legal Writing *||3|
|GLSP 3050||Litigation I||3|
|GLSP 3060||Litigation II *||3|
|GLSP 3070||Legal Technology **||3|
|Select two Paralegal Courses 4000+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above)||6|
|GLSP 5900||Gen Legal Studies Practicum (final semester, includes 100-hour internship requirement and classroom component)||3|
|Total Credit Hours||27|
* Preceding course is a prerequisite.
** Prerequisite: CPST-1000 Intro to Microcomputers or director approval.