Legal Studies Minor
Legal Studies Minor/Paralegal Studies Certificate
The Legal Studies minor is unique - students automatically earn a Certificate in Paralegal Studies - making them job ready upon graduation to start careers in law or law-related fields or continue on to law school.
All undergraduate majors can benefit from a paralegal studies certificate. The skills learned in the Paralegal Studies program also prepare students for careers in related professions. Click here for Alternate careers.
The legal studies minor allows the student to earn a certificate in paralegal studies while completing the requirements of the minor. The same credits apply to two separate educational achievements:
- Your minor
- Your paralegal studies certificate
Value added at no extra cost. Your credits go further when you opt for the Legal Studies minor!
The Minor is earned upon completion of 21 credits.
Four required courses (10 credits):
- LGL 103: Introduction to Legal Studies
- LGL 301: Legal Research and Writing
- LGL 201: Professional Responsibility in the Law
- LGL 302: Litigation
Plus 11 credits from these additional courses; see Plan of Study
Job shadowing and Pro Bono Programs
For those students seeking a practical application of their classroom training, there is an option to shadow a paralegal or to participate in pro bono programs.
Job shadowing allows students to experience, firsthand, the work life of a paralegal. Participating in pro bono programs lets students assist in providing access to justice for underserved individuals in matters such as mortgage foreclosure, Superstorm Sandy assistance and domestic violence matters.
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