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. Paralegals may provide legal services directly to the public except as prohibited by Law. 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.

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This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Degree Course Requirements *

Course Credits
CISC100
Digital Literacy
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking 2,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition A,2,10
3
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 1
3
LAWS100
Introduction to Paralegal Studies
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
LAWS140
Civil Practice/Litigation Procedures
3
LAWS220
Legal Research I
3
LAWS225
Legal Research II 9
3
LAWS240
Negligence and Personal Injury: Paralegal
3
LAWS285
Paralegal Internship
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 2,3,4,8
3
OADM110
Business Communication A,2,4,10
3
POLI111
American National Government 8
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
Arts/Humanities E,1 3
MGMT120
Business Math A,6
3
Science A,F,7 3-4
Paralegal Electives B 9
Total Credit Hours 63-64

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
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 2,3,4,8
3
MGMT120
Business Math A,6
3
OADM110
Business Communication A,2,4,10
3
POLI111
American National Government 8
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
CISC100
Digital Literacy
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,2,10
3
LAWS140
Civil Practice/Litigation Procedures
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
LAWS220
Legal Research I E
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking 2,4,5
3
LAWS225
Legal Research II 9
3
LAWS240
Negligence and Personal Injury: Paralegal
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
Paralegal Electives 8 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 1
3
LAWS285
Paralegal Internship 9
3
Science A,F,7 3-4
Paralegal Electives B 6
Arts/Humanities E,1 3
Total Credit Hours 18-19

A Placement testing required.
B Any LAWS course except 100,110 or MGMT 130 may be chosen.
C Consult the list of courses approved for this category.
D Course requires prerequisite.
E Choose from HUMN111, HUMN112, HUMN120.
F Choose from SCIE102, SCIE103, SCIE108.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing