Bachelors in Paralegal Studies
Paralegal Studies Degree
Prepare to enter the legal field without the time and cost associated with a law degree. William Woods University offers you an online bachelors in paralegal studies for accelerated and convenient entry into this fast-paced legal industry. You will gain general knowledge and applicable skills for career success, including:
- Substantive and procedural law
- American legal system
- Delivery of legal services
- Legal research and writing
- Law-related computer skills
- Legal interviewing and investigation
You will also gain hands-on experience in the paralegal field through the internship, practicum, or clinical program requirement.
The William Woods University bachelors in paralegal studies curriculum bridges academic knowledge with practical experience. Curriculum is vetted to ensure it meets the demands of today’s increasingly complex legal system, and the internship requirement gives you hands-on experience in the field. And, the paralegal studies program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).
The paralegal studies degree at William Woods University consists of 42 semester hours in a 14-course sequence. Coursework focuses on the application of substantive and procedural law to legal fact patterns professionals would encounter in the legal environment. The program strives to build a core of legal knowledge and critical thinking skills, as well as an understanding of professional ethics, communication, and interpersonal skills. These all serve to enhance your ability to effectively function as a professional in the legal environment.
William Woods University paralegal studies bachelor degree-completion program is offered online. This makes it convenient for students to take classes from any city in Missouri or from other states. The program consists of 42 semester hours through 14 courses. Professionals who have an associate degree or 25 transferable credit-hours can select this academic track to seamlessly transfer previous earned credits and be put on an accelerated path toward a law career.
LGS 309 Ethics and the Law Office
LGS 328 Alternative Dispute Resolution & Business Organizations
LGS 321 Evidence and Fact Gathering
LGS 217 Electronic Legal Research
LGS 110 American Legal System
LGS 420 Probate & Estate Planning
LGS 324 Federal & Administrative Law
LGS 331 Contracts & Torts
LGS 446 Constitutional Issues
LGS 315 Family Law
LGS 306 Civil Practice
LGS 318 Criminal Practice
LGS 450 Practicum and Capstone
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, demand for paralegal professionals is expected to grow by 28 percent through the next decade, as firms and corporations look to reduce legal costs by hiring these professionals.
While 71 percent of paralegals work in law firms, professionals may also find employment in a corporate setting, governmental agency, organizational setting, or other entity. Paralegals perform a broad range of legal duties, helping to increase their value in the job market and allowing them to find opportunities in complex industries. Other job opportunities for professionals with a paralegal degree include:
- Documentation specialist in a bank
- Risk management in health facilities
- Paralegal in governmental agencies and departments
- Paralegal in a law firm, prosecutor, and public defender
- Paralegal in corporate law departments
- Deputy court clerk
- Administrative assistant at a state bar association
- Legal administrator of a business
Freshman applicants – for all undergraduate students
- Completed application
- High school transcript (or GED) with a 2.50 GPA and graduated in the top 50% of your class
- Entrance Exam: ACT of 19 or Higher OR SAT of 900 or Higher
- The William Woods University Admissions Committee may review student qualifications and conditionally/provisionally accept students who do not met the minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT or SAT I composite score of 19 or 890, respectively.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from every high school or college attended (GED) – unless you have an AA degree (not AAS)
- 25 hours of transferable credits required