Our program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1977. The objective of the program is to train students to become paralegals in order to permit them to assist in effectively delivering legal services, to advance the paralegal profession, and to maintain high ethical standards.
While paralegals may not practice law, they work under the supervision of attorneys in law firms, government agencies and various business settings.
This objective is to be accomplished by:
- Teaching substantive areas of law and skills applicable to the vocational requirements of a paralegal, including both theoretical concepts and practical application, and providing training in both litigation and transactional areas of law;
- Maintaining a high academic standard for paralegals by providing thorough and effective instruction;
- Determining the roles and functions of paralegals in the community, emphasizing ethical conduct and the effective delivery of legal services within the community; and
- Evaluating the needs of employers for properly trained paralegals by maintaining contact with the legal community and determining their training needs.