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  • Timothy DavisJ.D. Attorney, Seigfreid Bingham
  • Jeff GlidewellIntellectual Property Paralegal (litigation), Shook, Hardy, and Bacon, L.L.P.
  • Cathy GrimsingerParalegal, Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Karla Hardin, Bankruptcy Specialist, Office of Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Missouri
  • Timothy Kissock, J.D., Attorney, MWSU Risk Manager, Adjunct Legal Studies Faculty Member, MWSU
  • Jason Soper, J.D., Attorney at Law; Adjunct Legal Studies Faculty, MWSU
  • Jennifer Soper-Wilper, Partner, Ritchie & Soper, PC; Adjunct Legal Studies Faculty, MWSU
  • Debbie WellsParalegal, Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Kathy L. Wood, J.D., Attorney at Law
  • Lilia White, Community Member
  • Susan Yeager, Paralegal, Posinelli
  • Matthew Gregg, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, State of Missouri, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Community Member
  • Melissa Birdsell, Special Investigator for Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Melissa Lawyer, Attorney, City of St. Joseph, MO; Adjunct Legal Studies Faculty, MWSU
  • Nichi Yeager, Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator, AFL-CIO Community Services; Adjunct Legal Studies Faculty, MWSU
  • Doug Tschauder, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Western Missouri; Adjunct Legal Studies Faculty, MWSU
  • Jenny Riggs, Dispute Resolution Specialist, 7th Judicial Court, Clay County Family Court; Adjunct Legal Studies Faculty, MWSU
  • Dr. Jeanne Daffron, Provost, Missouri Western State University
  • Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, Dean of Professional Studies, Missouri Western State University
  • Dr. Gregory Lindsteadt, Department Chairperson; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Missouri Western State University
  • Suzanne Kissock, Legal Studies Program Director; Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Missouri Western State University
  • Dr. Sue Godboldt, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Missouri Western State University
  • Dr. Joanne Katz, Professor of Legal Studies, Missouri Western State University
  • Dr. David Marble, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Missouri Western State University
  • Dr. Montella Smith, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Missouri Western State University
  • Dr. Dave Tushaus, Professor of Legal Studies, Missouri Western State University
  • Kip Wilson, Interim Law Enforcement Academy Director; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Missouri Western State University
  • Barb Harris, CJLSSW Department Administrative Assistant, Missouri Western State University
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Legal Assistant (Associate of Science, A.S.)

The Associate of Science degree with a major in Legal Assistant is designed to provide those individuals who have little or no background or training in law with the skills necessary to work in a law office as an assistant to an attorney.

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Major Requirements
LAT 101Introduction to Law3
LAT 115Paralegal Studies3
LAT 220Legal Research3
LAT 225Litigation3
LAT 250Legal Computer Applications3
LAT 310Legal Drafting3
LAT 400Advanced Legal Research3
LAW 365Practicum I3
or LAW 465 Internship
ENG 108College Writing and Research3
MAT 110Contemporary Problem Solving3
or MAT 112 Finite Mathematics
or MAT 116 College Algebra
PSC 101American National Government3
Restricted Legal Studies Electives
Select twelve credit hours from the following:12
Real Property
Tort Law
Introduction to Mediation
Study Away in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Probate Law
Domestic Relations
Civil Rights Law
Conflict Management
Selected Legal Topics
Criminal Evidence
Internship
Business Law I
Business Law II
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Use and Disorders
Death And Dying

 NOTE: Students must complete a Contact Information form prior to graduation. Per ABA program approval guidelines, students must also complete an exit interview with selected department faculty.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 62 credit hours (100 level and above, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn 20 of the last 30 credit hours at MWSU in institutional course work (exclusive of credit by examination).
  3. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  4. No more than 2 courses with a grade of D permitted in major coursework. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.00 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Legal Assistant Certificate

Core Requirements
LAT 101Introduction to Law3
LAT 115Paralegal Studies3
LAT 220Legal Research3
LAT 225Litigation3
LAT 250Legal Computer Applications3
LAT 310Legal Drafting3
LAT 400Advanced Legal Research3
LAW 365Practicum I3
or LAW 465 Internship
Restricted Electives
Select nine credit hours from the following:9
Real Property
Tort Law
Introduction to Mediation
Study Away in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Probate Law
Domestic Relations
Civil Rights Law
Conflict Management
Selected Legal Topics
Criminal Evidence
Business Law I
Business Law II
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Use and Disorders
Death And Dying

NOTE: Students must complete a Contact Information form prior to graduation. Per ABA program approval guidelines, students must also complete an exit interview with selected department faculty.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn 9 of the last 15 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  3. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  4. No more than 2 courses with a grade of D permitted in major coursework.
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
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Program Name: Legal Assistant Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 1 Year (33 Credit Hours). 

This program will cost $9,903.16 if completed within normal time for in-state students and $17,537.05 for out-of-state students. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with NA of debt.  Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. Average debt has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of these students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Last Updated June 20, 2019

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