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The Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies degree offered by Stevenson University is available to students in a hybrid online and on-campus format. Paralegals play a vital role on a legal team by providing logical and analytical minds, possessing organizational skills, and paying attention to details. This program aims to prepare students to understand the history, principles, and purposes of legal institutions and how they operate. Through incorporating the latest technology throughout the curriculum, this program requires major-related courses and a core of liberal arts courses all of which helps to cover several substantive areas of law.
The purpose of this program is to prepare its graduates to fulfill the responsibilities of paralegals. This includes research and writing, gathering information electronically, investigating cases, interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings, and managing trial preparation and litigation support. This is all done while working under the supervision of an attorney. This program hopes to equip its students with the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and practice paralegal skills. This degree can be used as a pre-law option. It is also important to note that this degree can also lead to the opportunity of Stevenson University’s B.S. to M.S. option.
Since this is a degree completion program, a student can ostensibly complete this course of study in approximately two years. Up to 90 credits will be accepted from a regionally accredited four-year institution and up to 70 credits will be accepted from a regionally accredited two-year institution. This program requires its students to complete at least 120 credit hours of courses. The required courses in this program are: Intro to Legal Studies, Torts, Estates and Trusts, Contract Law, Legal Research and Writing I and II, Business Organizations Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Litigation and Pleading, an Internship, Senior Seminar, and eight Law electives of various levels.
This program has some admissions requirements. An individual interested in enrolling must submit all official academic transcripts from previous academic work. This transcript must have at least 15 transferable credits and convey that the student had earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. An individual must also have at least two years of professional experience in this field. It is optional to submit a resume, a letter of recommendation, and a writing sample.
Students must have at least two years of professional work experience and 15 transferable credits from previous academic work.
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Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Stevenson University’s online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
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