Promote civic engagement. Advocate for justice. Uphold the Constitution.
Creating empowered and engaged citizens one student at a time.
“The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be about.” – Marian Wright Edelman, Co-founder & Exec. Director of the Children’s Defense Fund
In 2021, the Legal Studies Program began offering students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Law degree. The B.S. Law degree is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). This is a unique opportunity for students to complete an undergraduate education focused on law and the American legal system. It is a perfect degree for those who wish to master the skills of analytical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, and legal research. Students who wish to go to law school or pursue a career as a paralegal, lawyer, judge, or litigation support specialist, should consider a B.S. in Law. Our graduates hold positions in law firms, legal departments of banks, insurance companies, land title insurance companies, corporations, legal aid offices, public defender offices, the office of the prosecuting attorney, municipal legal departments and more.
The Legal Studies Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). Students take classes in Legal Research, Litigation, Legal Computer Applications, Legal Drafting, Advanced Legal Research, and Interpersonal Conflict Resolution. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective legal knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform substantive
legal work under the direction of an attorney.
- Demonstrate appropriate paralegal skill development and professionalism through practical
- Demonstrate an understanding of their ethical responsibilities in the legal profession.
- Articulate the paralegal’s role in the delivery of legal services to the public.
- Write clearly and think analytically.
- Read, analyze, and synthesize complex information in an organized and logical manner.
- Utilize technology necessary to meet employer needs.
- Manage multiple projects and tasks.
According to the 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, overall employment in legal occupations is projected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 131,000 new jobs over the decade. The national median annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants in 2021 was $56,230 per year or $27.03. The job outlook for paralegals is expected to grow at the rate of 14%, a rate must faster than average. Lawyers are also going to be in demand in the next decade. The profession is expected to grow at the rate of 10% and will add an estimated 80,200 jobs to the workforce from 2021-31.