Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts (5002)
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Department website: https://www.wku.edu/political-science/
Julia F. Shadoan, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 780-2539
Paralegals, also called legal assistants, work with lawyers in a wide range of professional settings and perform tasks that include legal research, legal writing and document preparation, information gathering, litigation support, legal technology support, and office management.
Paralegals shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law as proscribed by Kentucky law and the Supreme Court Rules (SCR 3.130 [5.5]) and must be appropriately supervised by a lawyer to ensure the paralegal’s conduct is compatible with the professional and ethical standards of the practice (SCR 3.130 [5.3]).
The objectives of the Paralegal Studies Program are:
- To create, implement, and maintain a strong, flexible program directed to the quality education of occupationally-competent paralegals.
- To provide a paralegal education program that leads to employment of its graduates by a wide range of employers.
- To provide paralegals with a well-rounded, balanced education founded on a beneficial mix of general education, theory, and practical courses stressing understanding and reasoning rather than rote learning of facts.
- To support federal, Kentucky and local Rules of Procedure and general principles of ethical legal practice, professional responsibility, the prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers, and the use and supervision of paralegals by lawyers.
- To provide an educational program that is responsive to the varied needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region and contributes to the overall advancement of the legal profession
- To provide a program which instills respect for the legal profession and its foundations, institutions, and quest for justice; and
- To maintain equality of opportunity in the educational program without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, natural origin, gender, age, disability or economic need.
Credits from other accredited institutions of higher education may be transferred and applied toward the degree. An official transcript from each such college or university attended is required as a part of the admission process. Postsecondary credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis for acceptance and applicability to the Program.
General law and legal-specialty course credits will be accepted only from paralegal programs approved by the American Bar Association or programs in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines.
The Paralegal Major (PLS) is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary educational experience integrating knowledge and skills from multiple subjects including law, history, sociology, political science, technology and business. The PLS degree requires 120 credit hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Degrees will be awarded to those students who complete all requirements with an overall grade point average of 2.0 (out of 4.0) and receive a grade of “C” or better in all PLS courses.
Program Requirements (60 hours)
A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.
Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.
|PLS 190C||Introduction to the Paralegal Profession||3|
|PLS 194C||Legal Technology||3|
|PLS 200C||Legal Ethics||3|
|PLS 250||Legal Research and Writing I||3|
|PLS 283C||Real Estate Law for the Paralegal||3|
|PLS 291C||Criminal Law and Procedure||3|
|PLS 296C||Family Law||3|
|PLS 393||Civil Procedure||3|
|PLS 450||Legal Research and Writing II||3|
|PLS 499||Internship in Paralegal Studies||3|
|PS 326||Constitutional Law||3|
|Paralegal Studies Electives|
|Select 15 hours from the following: 1||15|
|Contract Law and the Paralegal|
|Tort Law and the Paralegal|
|Debtor Creditor Relations|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods and Practices|
|Estate Planning and Administration|
|Select 12 hours from the following: 2||12|
|Organization and Management|
or BUS 254C
|The Legislative Process|
|Kentucky Government and Politics|
|American Legal History to 1865|
|American Legal History Since 1865|
Other courses approved by the PLS advisors
12 hours must be at the upper-level.
9 hours must be at the upper-level.
The Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association.