Undergraduate Course Catalog 2012-2013

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Total Credit Hours: 54


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.


•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. 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)
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.