Liberty University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies degree program. The degree fills a necessary field of legal assistant, and provides students with the foundation for the skills and knowledge needed for successful entry into the competitive job market. Graduates of the paralegal program will enter a challenging profession that demands strong professional skills, a firm foundation in ethics and increasingly higher levels of continuing education. The legal courses for this program are developed and taught by practicing lawyers, familiar with the qualifications necessary for this career.
Students of the program will develop a thorough understanding of various areas of law including Legal Research & Writing, Real Estate Transactions & Property, Tort Law, Corporate & Business Organization Law, Wills, Trusts & Estates and Criminal Practice & Procedure. The main function of a paralegal is to support the work of lawyers and the office environment. Paralegals are trained in aspects of the law and government regulations to provide the best abilities when carrying out research, drafting legal documents, case preparation and finalizing interviews and other administrative tasks. Some paralegals choose to specialize in a particular area of law such as environmental law, real estate law, commercial law, bankruptcy, insurance, family law or litigation. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program are well trained and educated in aspects of a lawyers duties, but are legally not allowed to set legal fees, appear in a court of law as a person’s legal representative, provide legal advice or sign any court documents as a legal representative. The administrative tasks can be time consuming if carried out by the lawyer alone and the assistance from trained professionals will aid in the efficiency of a legal organization
In a competitive legal job market, candidates can set themselves apart by earning a BS degree in Paralegal Studies. In addition, students should consider obtaining additional certifications such as the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam, to solidify understanding and advance in current career positions. Graduates will demonstrate the learned knowledge and essential skills and concepts necessary to work as a paralegal. The experience gained from a formal education will transition into an entry-level position as a legal assistant, claims adjuster, law clerk or paralegal. The practical course topics and assignments will give students the opportunity to complete actual paralegal tasks such as writing and filing a deposition and performing a title search. Additionally, students will learn to identify, analyze and appropriately resolve ethical dilemmas with a sound moral and biblical perspective, while utilizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills to formulate new solutions.
The BS in Paralegal Studies is a 120-credit-hour degree program and is comprised of 45 credit hours in general education courses that cover topics in English, math, the sciences, humanities and arts. The core legal academics are delivered in 45 credit hours, introducing the concepts of legal studies, the foundations of law and civil practice of law. The remaining 30 credit hours are reserved for students to choose electives from courses in a variety of disciplines across the board in related or non-related industries.
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.
Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA).
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