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LAW & PARALEGAL

Law
To qualify as a lawyer, students must first complete undergraduate studies and then attend 3 years of law school.  A pre-Law Major program should be grounded in a number of areas.  Social sciences, business and economics, psychology and sociology, law and government and social sciences provide a solid foundation for an aspiring lawyer.

Typical courses may consist of the theory and fundamentals of communications, business law, criminal law, crime and human behavior, criminal procedure, psychological law, economics law, contemporary legal studies, judicial and legislative process, international law and constitutional law.

After graduation from a 4 year pre-Law Major, graduates are eligible to write the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  A solid pre-law major and excellent LSAT scores are essential, as competition for entrance to law schools is intense.  In some cases, a personal interview may be necessary as well.


Paralegal
Employment growth for Paralegals is projected to be faster than average; however, competition for these job openings is anticipated.  Therefore, Paralegal Major graduates will have the edge over the other applicants in winning job positions.

Paralegal Majors typically study a variety of subjects concentrating on general subjects, such as English composition, mathematics, accounting and ethics, and more law specific topics, including the US legal system, business law, civil law, real property law, estates and trusts, criminal law, administrative law, legal research and writing.  A number of social sciences and humanities electives may complete a Paralegal Major’s curriculum.

A Paralegal is delegated a number of duties by a lawyer, some of which carry heavy responsibility.  Excellent written communications is a necessity, as is organizational and time management skills. 

The Paralegal major delineates the duties of a lawyer and Paralegal.  A graduate of a Paralegal Major has the knowledge to prepare legal documents, correspondence and exhibits, while, at the same time, is cognizant of ethics relevant to his or her position.