BA in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession

From research to drafting formal documents, critical thinking to organizing courtroom presentations, paralegals have a diverse role. This BA in Legal Studies with Paralegal Profession concentration will prepare you to sit for the Paralegal Core Competencies Exam and the Certified Paralegal Exam, and then to work as a paralegal, including in the state of California.

Paralegal Profession Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession provides you with the knowledge to support lawyers by conducting legal research, drafting formal documents and organizing materials for court presentations. The coursework delves into law practice management and the impact contemporary legal issues have within our governing systems. 

Students completing the BA in Legal Studies with Paralegal Profession concentration will meet the qualifications required to sit for the Paralegal Core Competencies Exam (NFPA), to sit for the Certified Paralegal Exam (NALA), and to work as a paralegal within the state of California.

As a student, you will:

  • Learn to apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills in legal contexts.
  • Understand how electronic discovery and legal technologies play roles in legal cases.
  • Prepare for a job as a paralegal or legal assistant in a law office, government agency, or legal department in a corporation.

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


    • High school diploma or GED equivalent
    • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
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    Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


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    Program Curriculum

    • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a UMass Global Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


      Code Course Name Credits
      Basic Skills 12
      ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
      ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
      MATU 103 Applied Mathematics 3
      COMU 101 Public Speaking 1 3
      Quantitative reasoning 3
      Oral communication 3
      Breadth Requirements 24
      Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
      Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
      Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
      Liberal Education Foundations 6
      LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
      Total Credits 42
    • All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a letter grade of "C" or higher. Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.

      CJCU 460   White Collar Crime


      LEST 300   Foundations of Law


      LEST 403   Legal Research and Writing


      LEST 304   Constitutional Governance


      LEST 306   Business Organizations


      LEST 320   Torts


      LEST 322   Contracts


      LEST 324   Interviewing, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution


      LEST 402   Litigation and Trial Advocacy


      LEST 462   Ethics in a Legal Environment


      LEST 495   Legal Studies Capstone


      Major Core Requirements Subtotal


      Electives or Concentrations


      Total Credits


    • Code Course Name Credits
      Take the following three courses


      LEST 416 Contemporary Legal Issues


      LEST 418 Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology


      LEST 420 Law Practice Management


      Select one of the following:


      CJCU 418
      Victim Advocacy


      COMU 315
      Intercultural Communication


      LEST 410
      Employment Law


      LEST 412
      Intellectual Property


      LEST 414
      Transactional Law


      LEST 420
      Law Practice Management


      LEST 499
      Independent Study


      LBSU 492
      Experiential Learning


      SOWK 391
      Youth At Risk


      Total Credits


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