The associate degree program in legal studies prepares students to work as paralegals in law firms and legal departments or in law-related positions in corporations, banks, and local, state, and federal governments. A paralegal performs specifically delegated substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney who is responsible for the paralegal’s work. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Students may also continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree.
Students are required to complete 60 credits, including the University Core Requirements for the associate’s degree and the following courses:
Successful completion of the requirements for an associate degree in legal studies includes the courses required for the paralegal studies certificate described in the Institute of Law and Public Affairs section here. The certificate is awarded via the Institute.