William Woods University

Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

Paralegal education is a unique academic curriculum, composed of both substantive legal knowledge and professional skills. It incorporates legal theory with an understanding of practical applications. This intellectually demanding course of study is derived from the responsibilities of paralegals as legal professionals.

Capture: You will attain general knowledge, in addition to learning to apply substantive and procedural law to legal fact patterns encountered in the legal environment.

Benefits: Quality paralegal education programs, such as the one offered by William Woods University, advertise in an ethical manner and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. All representations in the following areas are factual, as well as current, and can be substantiated: (1) the job market, employment opportunity, compensation, and placement; (2) the knowledge and skills necessary to meet entry-level paralegal job qualifications; and (3) the transferability of course work to other educational institutions. Quality programs also strive to achieve diversity in the composition of their student body

Skills:

  • ethics,
  • substantive and procedural law,
  • the American legal system,
  • delivery of legal services,
  • law offices and related environments, the paralegal profession,
  • legal research and writing,
  • law-related computer skills,
  • legal interviewing and investigation, and areas of legal practice ;
  • Offers an experiential learning component, such as an internship, practicum, or clinical experience.
  • Collection of general education courses

Quality and Convenience: Quality paralegal education programs monitor the responsibilities and competencies expected by employers on an on-going basis. They regularly incorporate this information into a well-designed curriculum with a logical sequence of courses that emphasize interactive learning (student-to-student and faculty-to-student) and assignments that teach practical job-related paralegal skills in conjunction with underlying theory.

Growth potential: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "the employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses. Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand for legal services."

Jobs opportunities: Formally trained, experienced paralegals with baccalaureate degrees should have the best employment opportunities. Private law firms employ 71 percent; most of the remainder work for corporate legal departments and various levels of government. Within the Federal Government, the U.S. Department of Justice is the largest employer, followed by the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.   Private law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real-estate and title insurance firms, and banks also hire paralegals. Corporations, in particular, are expected to increase their in-house legal departments to cut costs. The wide range of tasks paralegals can perform has helped to increase their employment in small and medium-size establishments of all types.  Source:  United States Department of Labor

Program Description:
Paralegal education is a unique academic curriculum, composed of both substantive legal knowledge and professional skills, which incorporate legal theory with an understanding of practical applications. This intellectually demanding course of study is derived from the responsibilities of paralegals as legal professionals

College credit:  Students must complete at least 62 college credit hours prior to admissions to the online Paralegal Studies program.  Students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree may be required to take additional classes to meet the required 122 credit hours for graduation.  Students who already possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree will not be required to take additional classes.

A GPA of 2.5 or above is required for admission, and students should maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 as they progress through the program.

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