Paralegal Studies, BS

A Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies is offered for students who wish to prepare for increased employment responsibilities or choose to pursue graduate education. Credits earned in the Associate of Applied Science degree apply toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies.

The Paralegal Studies BS program degree program is designed to provide students with a specialized understanding of the law and legal system, as well as the practical skills needed to assist attorneys in law firms; corporate legal departments; local, state, and federal government offices; and bank and trust departments. Paralegals may also be employed in other offices that require excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills. All Paralegal Studies classes are offered 100% online, with three legal specialty courses delivered synchronously through online video conferencing to meet ABA Guidelines.

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies BS program who choose to become certified are eligible to voluntarily sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) exam administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and earn the designation of Certified Paralegal (CP). Graduates may also choose to seek certification from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) through the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE™) exam and become a CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP™).

A paralegal may not engage in activities considered to be the practice of law, including giving legal advice, representing a client in court, or setting legal fees.

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

The program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law.
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology.
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing.
  • Model professional behavior in accordance with ethical guidelines governing the conduct of attorneys and paralegals.
  • Apply legal theories to relevant facts under the supervision of an attorney.

Paralegal Studies: Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

180.5 Credits

Students may transfer credit classified as legal specialty credit into National American University’s BS Paralegal Studies program earned from ABA-approved paralegal education programs and from other paralegal education programs pursuant to the university’s transfer policies and existing articulation agreements. Students must earn at least 36 quarter credits in the BS major core from National American University. Students should consult with the program coordinator to learn what credit is transferrable.

Paralegal Studies Major Core (90)

PL1100/LA1100Introduction to Legal Principles

4.5

PL1150Legal Research I

4.5

PL1350Legal Research II

4.5

PL2050Torts

4.5

PL2100Domestic Relations

4.5

PL2150Civil Procedure

4.5

PL2350Criminal Procedure

4.5

PL2500Legal Writing

4.5

PL3000Law Office Technology

4.5

PL3050Real Property

4.5

PL3100Professional Ethics and Law Office Procedures

4.5

PL3000+Elective

9

PL4000+Elective

13.5

PL4600CLA Review

4.5

PL4500-4590Paralegal Internship

4.5-13.5

PL1100, PL1150, PL1350, PL2050, PL2100, SO2120, PL2150, PL2350, PL3100, PL3000+, PL4000+, PL4600: Students who do not have a 2.75 CGPA or applicable transfer credit will enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course. Transfer credit may replace major core, emphasis core, or open elective 6000DC+ and 3000+ courses. Professional course (minimum "C" grade required)

PL1100, PL2100: May be credited as the cross-listed sociology course. If so, another Paralegal Studies course must be successfully completed or transferred.

PL4500-PL4590: Students may elect to satisfy a maximum of 4.5 internship credit hours with a 3000+ Paralegal Studies elective course other than PL3000 Law Office Technology.

Support Core (24.5)

LA3100Business Law I

4.5

ME1140Medical Terminology for Health Professions

2

MT1050Introduction to Business

4.5

MT2050Principles of Management

4.5

 

LA6570Human Resource Law

4.5

OR

MT3230Employment Law

4.5

 

MT6000DC+Elective

OR

3000+Elective

4.5

LA6570: Students who do not have a 2.75 CGPA or applicable transfer credit will enroll in an appropriate undergraduate course. Transfer credit may replace major core, emphasis core, or open elective 6000DC+ and 3000+ courses.

LA6570: Professional course (minimum "C" grade required)

General Education Core (66)

(Available for block transfer)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

Science

SCScience Electives

9

Humanities

HU2000Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

4.5

HUHumanities Elective

4.5

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Electives

9

General Education

General Education Elective

9

(Course-by-course transfer)

Communications

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Paralegal Studies Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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