Bachelor of Arts

The major incorporates additional paralegal courses to prepare the graduate for work in public or private sector organizations such as, private law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies, and legal aid organizations. Provided a supervising attorney maintains responsibility for the work product, paralegals perform any task normally performed by the attorney, except those proscribed by the unauthorized practice of law.

Bachelor of Arts Degree 

Major in Paralegal Studies

(Minimum at Elms College: 45 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.67)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (52 CREDITS)

Paralegal Courses (28 credits)
LEG 204 Introduction to Legal Studies I credits (3 credits)
LEG 205 Introduction to Legal Studies II (3 credits)
LEG 206 Principles of Litigation (3 credits)
LEG 333 Computer Assisted Legal Research (3 credits)
LEG 334 Interviewing & Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
LEG 363 Law Office Computer Applications (3 credits)
LEG 455 Advanced Paralegal Seminar (3 credits)
LEG 465 Advanced Research and Writing (3 credits)
LEG 480 Internship (4 credits)

Legal Specialty Courses (24 credits)
Choose eight from: LEG 253-495

MINOR IN PARALEGAL STUDIES (27 CREDITS)

Paralegal Courses (18 credits)
LEG 204 Introduction to Legal Studies I (3 credits)
LEG 205 Introduction to Legal Studies II (3 credits)
LEG 206 Principles of Litigation (3 credits)
LEG 333 Computer Assisted Legal Research (3 credits)
LEG 363 Law Office Computer Applications (3 credits)
LEG 465 Advanced Research and Writing (3 credits)

Legal Specialty Courses (9 credits)
Choose three: LEG 253-495

Note: All credits for the certificate or minor in paralegal studies must be earned at Elms College or at another American Bar Association-approved program and must be approved by the department chair.

 

Division of Social Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Jane E. Miliotis, J.D.
Director of Paralegal and Legal Studies

413-265-2576
miliotisj@elms.edu