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Bachelor's in Law Curriculum

The goal of the B.S. in Law major is to prepare students for employment in a wide range of law-related careers. The major prepares students interested in attending law school or other graduate studies.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the B.S. in Paralegal Studies program are to:

  1. Provide students with a broad-based education in both liberal arts and law-related courses;
  2. Provide paralegal courses that enable students to obtain substantive legal knowledge, develop analytical skills, and apply the knowledge they have learned to tasks routinely performed by paralegals;
  3. Be responsive in course offerings to the needs of paralegals and attorneys;
  4. Ensure that students are familiar with the ethical guidelines for paralegals;
  5. Provide students with the opportunity to utilize software that is used in most offices dealing with law-related issues;
  6. Familiarize students with the paralegal profession and the opportunities that are available to them upon completion of the program.

Learning Outcomes

A successful Paralegal Studies graduate is expected to:

  1. Explain the basic theories, doctrines, concepts, and associated principles that comprise the knowledge base of law, with specific emphasis on torts, contracts, wills and trusts, civil procedure, litigation, family law, business organizations, real estate, and criminal law;
  2. Use legal research and critical thinking skills to categorize, organize, prioritize, and evaluate complex legal issues;
  3. Prepare documents (e.g., memos, case briefs, correspondence, and pleadings) that meet professional legal standards.

Curriculum Requirements

Paralegal Studies (ULAW) courses offered online require proctored exams at approved sites.

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Core Courses (15 credits)

ULAW 1150 - Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
ULAW 2100 - Legal Research Methods and Reasoning
ULAW 2500 - Elements of Constitutional Law
ULAW 2600 - Administrative Law
ULAW 3400 - Business Relations and Organizations

Concentration Code I:

Concentration Description: Paralegal Studies
ULAW 3050
 - Criminal Law Procedure (3 credits)
ULAW 3260 -  Real Estate Practice and Procedure (3 credits)
ULAW 3300 - Torts and Civil Litigation (3 credits)
ULAW3360 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates (3 credits)
ULAW4800 - Advanced Practicum in Paralegal Studies (3 credits)

Concentration Code II:

Concentration Description: Law, Science, and Technology 
ULAW 3600 
- Introduction to Intellectual Property (3 credits)
ULAW 3601 
- Federal Privacy Law (3 credits)
ULAW 3602 
- Social Values for Law, Science, and Technology (3 credits)
ULAW 3603 
- Electronic Commerce and Digital Trade (3 credits)
ULAW 3604 
- Cyber Law and Modern Mass Communication Policy (3 credits)

Concentration Code III:

Concentration Description: Health Law
ULAW 3700 
- Law of Patients' Rights and Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
ULAW 3750 
- Law of Medicare and Medicaid (3 credits)
ULAW 3800 
- Law of Accreditation and Licensing (3 credits)
ULAW 3850 
- Regulatory Compliance in the Health Care Industry (3 credits)
ULAW 3900 
- Disability Law (3 credits)

ULAW 2200 - Computer Applications for the Legal Profession
ULAW 3550 - Family Law
ULAW 4050 -  Advanced Practicum in Criminal Law
ULAW 4060 - Debtor and Creditor Relations
ULAW 4110 - Legal Research Methods and Writing II
ULAW 4270 - Real Estate Practice and Procedure II
ULAW 4310 - Advanced Litigation
ULAW 4370 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates II
ULAW 4410 - Corporate Regulation & Change
ULAW 4470 - Emerging Technologies & the Legal Profession
ULAW 4560 - Elder Law
ULAW 4600 - Pleadings and the Courts
ULAW 4700 - Immigration Law
ULAW 4900 - Special Topics in Paralegal Studies
ULAW 4950 - Internship in Paralegal Studies

Major Electives from Other Colleges

CRJU 2400 - Court Systems and Procedures
CRJU 3100 - Juvenile Delinquency
CRJU 3220 - Policing
CRJU 3300 - Corrections in America
CRJU 3400 - Criminal Investigations
CRJU 3700 - The CSI Effect: Media and Criminal Justice
HDFS 3200 - Child Welfare, Law, and Social Policy
HONR 1010E - The US Supreme Court & the Cultural Revolution: Studying the Legacy of the Warren Court
HONR 2010B - Deciphering Diversity in the Law
HONR 2010P - Honors Seminar: Law and Literature
HONR 2020C - You Be the Judge
HS 3420 - Advocating for Individuals with Special Needs
PADM 1000 - Introduction to Public Administration
PSYC 2450 - Forensic Psychology

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