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Paralegal Studies

A program preparing motivated students for one of the fastest growing professions in the country.

The Paralegal Studies Program at Husson University offer tomorrow's professionals an array of research, reporting, and writing skills required in the modern legal environment. The programs' intensive training provides students with sound legal content, analytical skills, and communication competencies--making Husson grads attractive in the job market of one of the top ten fastest growing professions across the United States. Since the introduction of paralegals to the legal industry in the 1960s, there has been considerable growth in the number of paralegals in the profession. Law firms and independent practitioners have sought ways to make the delivery of the legal system more efficient and cost effective through the use of paralegals. Paralegals find work in all types of organizations, but most are employed by law firms, corporate offices, and various governmental agencies. The title of paralegal is interchangeable with legal assistant and legal secretary. These positions often involve the following tasks:

  • Conducting client interviews and maintaining contact with clients
  • Locate and interview witnesses
  • Conduct investigations and statistical and documentary research
  • Conduct legal research
  • Draft legal documents and correspondence
  • Analyze and summarize testimony, medical records and discovery documents
  • Attend real estate closing, depositions, administrative court hearings, and execution of wills
  • Assist lawyers in preparing for depositions, hearings, closings and trials.

Paralegals must also master the skills of

  • Communicating effectively
  • Demonstrating professionalism
  • Using legal terminology correctly
  • Working effectively with the courts
  • Becoming proficient with computer technology, software and database

Two Avenues of Preparation

Paralegal Studies offer you two avenues of preparation for one of the fastest growing professions on today's job landscape. These are the Bachelor of Science degree program and the non-degree Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies.

Research Resources
An online resource that is available to Paralegal Studies students is access to Westlaw, the most advanced and up-to-date way that lawyers research case law and statutes. Training in this manner of research as well as preparation in book based research is an integral part of the program.

Beyond-Classroom Learning
Your education at Husson University will extend far beyond the classroom. As part of your program, you will visit a multitude of locations that are involved in the judicial process including: courts, law offices, law libraries, and the Registry of Deeds. You will have the opportunity to develop an internship in the area of the law that you wish to pursue professionally. Husson paralegal students find that their professional internships often lead to employment opportunities. (Click here to go to the Internship Opportunities for Paralegal Students.)

Minors can also be obtained in conjunction with a B.S. Paralegal Studies degree in the areas of: Psychology, Behavioral Science, Natural Science, History, Biology, Accounting, Mathematics, English, or Hospitality Management.

These programs will make graduates highly competitive for careers in Law offices, corporations, government and other legal related fields Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies Students are expected to complete 121 credit hours of course work and related activity in the Bachelor of Science program. This program provides both a strong core of professional courses as well as a varied liberal arts background. This program will prepare graduates for entry level positions and also for future advancement to leadership positions in the profession. After students complete two years of course work, they will be eligible to do internships in agencies, offices, courts and businesses for hands-on experiential learning in the field. Paralegal Elective Courses of Interest Students have the opportunity to choose some upper level paralegal elective courses as they progress through the program. The topics of these electives vary each semester. Some of the topics previously offered and likely to be offered again include:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Domestic Violence Law
  • Crime and Film
  • Evidence