Undergraduate Course Catalog 2009-2010

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PARALEGAL STUDIES (ACCELERATED)/BACHELOR OF ARTS

Total Credit Hours: 54

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be at least 24 years of age; have earned a minimum of 12 semester (18 quarter) hours of transferable credit at a regional, accredited post-secondary institution; have earned a minimum of 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) cumulative transfer GPA for all transferable courses; and have at least three years of full-time work experience. Credits earned through Prior Learning Assessment cannot be used for satisfying the 12-hour transfer credit hour requirement for admission into an accelerated degree program.   The Paralegal program is housed in the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE B.A. IN PARALEGAL STUDIES:

•Successful completion of a minimum of 128 semester credit hours

•Completion of the final 32 semester graded credit hours at Lewis University, including four core and/or specialty upper-division courses in the major (12 semester credit hours)

•Achievement of an overall grade point average of at least 2.00 (“C”) for all courses taken at Lewis University and a 2.00 average for courses in the major.

Paralegal students in the accelerated program with an interest in criminal law are encouraged to take the substantive and procedural criminal law courses (LX-430 and LX-445) as part of their related electives. Those with an interest in business law are encouraged to take LB-250 Business Law.



I. Paralegal Core Courses (33)

A.  Required Courses (21)
LV-101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3)
LV-201 Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals (3)
LV-202 Law Office Management and Computer Use for Paralegals (3)
LV-301 Legal Research, Analysis and Writing (3)
LV-302 Interviewing and Investigating for Paralegals (3)
LV-303 Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals (3)
LV-401 Paralegal Capstone: Practicum (3)

B. Paralegal Specialty Electives (12)
LV-310 Torts and Personal Injury Law for Paralegals (3)
LV-312 Basic Contract Law for Paralegals (3)
LV-314 Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning for Paralegals (3)
LV-316 Real Estate Transactions and Property Law for Paralegals (3)
LV-318 Family Law for Paralegals (3)

II. Select two Law-Related Courses: (6)
L8-371 Constitutional Law (3)
L8-372 Civil Liberties (3)
LB-250 Business Law I (3)
LX-260 Juvenile Justice System (3)
LX-430 Elements of Criminal Law (3)
LX-445 Criminal Procedure/Rules of Evidence (3)

III. Select two courses in the Context and Role of Law in Society: (6)
L8-361 History of Political Thought I (3)
L8-362 History of Political Thought II (3)
L8-363 American Political Thought (3)
LY-310 Philosophy of Law (3)

IV. Select two additional Program Electives from courses listed below and/or throughout the Paralegal curriculum: (6)
L9-325 United States Since 1941 (3)
L8-321 Comparative Government (3)
L8-331 International Relations (3)
LC-350 Sociology of Criminal Behavior (3)
LC-345 Sociology of Delinquent Behavior (3)
LX-200 Court Systems and Probation (3)

V. Paralegal majors must select an American Government course as a General Education course in Social Studies. Choose one American Government course: (3)
L8-200 American National Government (3)
    or
L8-210 State and Local Government (3)

VI.  The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of LV-301 Legal Research, Analysis and Writing for Paralegals.