Paralegal Studies

Occupational Major

This major is primarily designed for job preparedness. Students who are considering transferring to a baccalaureate institution should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the baccalaureate institution and differ from school to school. Students should contact the Transfer Services office early in their academic programs to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 • Phone (215) 968-8227
Curriculum Code No. 2128

This major will qualify students to serve as paralegals for employment by attorneys, law offices, governmental agencies, or other entities in capacities or functions that involve the performance, under the ultimate direction and supervision of attorneys, of specifically delegated substantive legal work. The courses in the major are designed to impart knowledge and expertise of legal concepts, the legal system, and substantive and procedural law that will qualify students to perform work of a legal nature, under supervision, which is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. In order to provide graduates with the expertise and flexibility required in the growing field, the major offers a basic knowledge in the paralegal field. Upon successful completion of the program in Paralegal Studies, the student should be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of substantive and procedural law including the operation of the legal system and the theory of law;
  • Perform the duties of a legal assistant in the public and private sector or in a position relating to the practice of law; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical obligations and legal limitations of the legal assistant in the public and private sectors.

Degree Course Requirements *

Course Credits
CISC100
Introduction to Computers
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,2
3
COMP110
English Composition A,E,1
3
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 3
3
LAWS100
Introduction to Paralegal Studies
3
OR
LAWS110
Introduction to Nurse Paralegal StudiesE
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
LAWS140
Civil Practice/Litigation Procedures E
3
LAWS220
Legal Research and Writing E
3
LAWS225
Advanced Legal Research and Writing E
3
LAWS240
Negligence and Personal Injury: ParalegalE
3
LAWS285
Paralegal Internship E
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 4
3
College Math A or Science D,5 3
OADM110
Business Communication A,E,1
3
POLI111
American National Government
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
PSYC125
Stress Management 6
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge B,E,7
3
Paralegal Electives C, E 9
Total Credit Hours 63

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
LAWS100
Introduction to Paralegal Studies
3
OR
LAWS110
Introduction to Nurse Paralegal Studies E
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 4
3
College Math A or ScienceD,5 3
OADM110
Business Communication A,E,1
3
POLI111
American National Government
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
CISC100
Introduction to Computers
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,1
3
LAWS140
Civil Practice/Litigation Procedures E
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
LAWS220
Legal Research and Writing E
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,2
3
LAWS225
Advanced Legal Research and Writing E
3
LAWS240
Negligence and Personal Injury: Paralegal E
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
Paralegal ElectivesC, E 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 3
3
PSYC125
Stress Management 6
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge B,E,7
3
LAWS285
Paralegal Internship E
3
Paralegal ElectivesC, E 6
Total Credit Hours 18

*Requires a writing score of 6 or successful completion of Business Communication (OADM110) or English Composition I (COMP110).

A Placement testing required.
B Any INTG course may be chosen.
C Any LAWS course except 100,110 or MGMT 130 may be chosen.
DConsult the list of courses approved for subcategories.
E Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing requirement.
2 Satisfies Creative Expression.
3 Satisfies Cultural Perspective.
4 Satisfies Social Perspective.
5 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
6 Satisfies Personal Health.
7 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts degree may earn the legend “Major Requirements Satisfied” on their transcripts by successfully completing all of the courses listed in the major except Stress Management, College Math or Science and Integration of Knowledge.