Major in Paralegal Studies
The B.A./B.S. with paralegal emphasis is career-specific because it is designed to prepare people to work in support of attorneys. The program stresses the fundamentals of legal research, family law, probate, civil procedure, business organizations, law office management, real estate law, and constitutional law.
Note: Graduates are not authorized to provide direct legal services to the public. The paralegal studies emphasis provides a broadly-based liberal arts and specialized education for paralegals/legal assistants, who are authorized to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. The emphasis does not train lawyers or legal administrators.
Required courses in the major (39 sh)Note: In addition to fulfilling these requirements, students majoring Political Science must submit a portfolio of their work in Political Science courses and complete a survey on their experiences in the program. Details may be found on the department’s website.
- PSCI 2301 - Principles of United States and Texas Government Hours: 3
- PSCI 2302 - United States and Texas Government: Institutions and Policies Hours: 3
- PSCI 222 - Introduction to Law Hours: 3
- PSCI 223 - Legal Research Hours: 3
- PSCI 310 - Law Office Management Hours: 3
- PSCI 322 - Civil Procedure Hours: 3
- PSCI 426 - Paralegal Internship Hours: 3
- PSCI 427 - Torts and Personal Injury Law Hours: 3
Plus 15 sh from the following, 12 sh must be PS-E
- PSCI 312 - Bankruptcy for Paralegals Hours: 3
- PSCI 321 - Probate Hours: 3
- PSCI 323 - Business Law for Paralegals Hours: 3
- PSCI 324 - Criminal Law and Procedure Hours: 3
- PSCI 325 - Family Law Hours: 3
- PSCI 328 - Real Estate Law for Paralegals Hours: 3
- PSCI 422 - Trial and Appellate Litigation and Procedure Hours: 3
- PSCI 442 - Constitutional Law Hours: 3
- PSCI 443 - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Hours: 3
Courses in the Paralegal Studies Emphasis are designated PS-R=required paralegal specialty course; PS-E=elective paralegal specialty course; N-PS=not a paralegal specialty course as taught in the program. The following classes are PS-R: 222, 223, 310, 322, 426, 427. The following classes are PS-E: 312, 321, 323, 324, 325, 328, 422. All other classes are NPS.