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.