Legal Studies Program
Goals and Objectives
The program goals and objectives are:
- To offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies.
- To prepare students for paralegal employment in law firms, business, industry, and government.
To meet these goals and objectives, Legal Studies students:
- Will complete fifty-four (54) credit hours of legal studies and related course work, forty-five (45) credit hours of general education and twenty-five (25) credit hours of electives.
- Will receive instruction in legal studies by broadly trained academicians and highly trained and experienced specialists in specific fields of law.
- Will complete the required written assignments in the form of research papers, case briefs, argumentative briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents specific to each Legal Studies course.
- Will complete two three-hour courses in Legal Research and Writing.
- Will complete a three-credit-hour internship in a legal environment.
The program's objectives and the tasks program graduates should be able to perform are:
- Demonstrate the acquisition of a common core of legal knowledge.
- Demonstrate critical thinking through the integration of legal theory and legal practice.
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills with lawyers, clients, co-workers, witnesses, court personnel, and other professionals.
- Demonstrate the acquisition of skills and occupational competencies necessary for entry into the legal field and the aspiration to contribute to the advancement of the paralegal profession.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the emerging issues regarding the role of the paralegal in the effective delivery of legal services in both the private and public sectors.
- Demonstrate the acquisition of a framework for ethical decision making and solving ethical dilemmas that arise in the legal work environment.