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Paralegal Studies

Basic Information

The Paralegal Studies program is designed for the student seeking a career as a legal assistant working under the direction and supervision of an attorney in private practice, government service, or legal aid. The knowledge and skills acquired in the Paralegal Studies Program are also beneficial to students majoring in the areas of law enforcement, pre-law, business law, and political science. Students who choose to learn more about the legal system and how to develop their own skills in legal research for personal enrichment are also encouraged to enroll.

 

Certification Information

A student enrolled in the Paralegal Studies program may obtain a stand-alone Paralegal Studies Certificate or get the Paralegal Studies Minor along with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students may receive a certificate for successfully completing 30 hours of coursework with no degree required. The certificate qualifies students for employment as a paralegal. The required courses and suggested electives are the same for the certificate and the minor, and are listed under the requirements for the minor. Students must have an adviser in paralegal studies.

Classes for a Paralegal Studies certificate and minor are all offered online via the internet. Some classes are also offered on campus.

Requirements

Completing the certificate requires a total of 30 credit-hours (10 classes) at MSSU, including an English Composition class (Eng 101) and a Computer Literacy class (CIS 105 or equivalent). The certificate requires 24 credit hours (8 classes) in Paralegal Studies. (See the requirements below). English Composition I (Eng 101) and Introduction to Microcomputer Use (CIS 105) are offered every semester and most summers, on campus and via the internet. The Paralegal Studies classes are generally offered at least two per semester, sometimes three or more online and or on campus.

Required classes:

ENG 101         College Composition

CIS 105           Introduction to Microcomputers [or equivalent]

PLS 201          Introduction to Legal Assistance

PLS 210          Law Office Management

PLS 304          Legal Research

Choose three classes from the following list:

PLS 298          Topics in Paralegal Studies

PLS 313          Property

PLS 314          Civil Litigation

PLS 324          Family Law

PLS 401          Wills, Trusts, and Probate

PLS 491          Internship**

PLS 498          Senior Seminar**

PLS 499          Independent Study**

Choose two classes from the following list:

GB 301           Legal Environment of Business I

GB 302           Legal Environment of Business II

PSC 310          Law, Society, & Judicial Process

PSC 322          International Law

PSC 431          Constitutional Law I

PSC 432          Constitutional Law II

COMM 310    Communications Law

LE 250             Criminal Law

MM 411          Labor and Employment Law

**See Prerequisites

 

Cost

Tuition and fees at MSSU change on a yearly basis, but if you multiply the tuition rate at MSSU by 30 hours and the Distance Learning fees for each internet class by 10 classes, the total cost as of May 2011 is roughly $6,500 for in-state students. Out-of-state tuition is higher.

 

Disclosure Information

The following information is required to be reported by the U.S. Department of Education.

On Time Completion Information

The on time completion for this program varies for each student, depending upon their enrollment each semester.

It takes at least a year to complete the Paralegal Studies Certificate, and students typically take longer if they are part-time. The program is set up for students who work full time and/or have full-time family responsibilities and want to take classes part time. Most students take two or more years to complete the program, taking two classes per semester while balancing the other responsibilities in their lives.

Occupational Profile Information

The Paralegal Studies Program prepares students to become a Paralegal (SOC Code 23-2011.00). To find more information on occupational profiles, please visit O*NET online and search by occupation's title or by the SOC Code provided.

2007-08

4 students completed the Paralegal certificate program for the academic year 2007-08.  The number of students who have completed this program during the 2007-08 award year is less than 10. For privacy reasons, the school will not disclose the median cummulative debt.

 

2008-09

5 students completed the Paralegal certificate program for the academic year 2008-09.  The number of students who have completed this program during the 2008-09 award year is less than 10. For privacy reasons, the school will not disclose the median cummulative debt.

 

2009-10

4 students completed the Paralegal certificate program for the academic year 2009-10.  The number of students who have completed this program during the 2009-10 award year is less than 10. For privacy reasons, the school will not disclose the median cummulative debt.

 

2010-11

4 students completed the Paralegal certificate program for the academic year 2010-11.  The number of students who have completed this program during the 2010-11 award year is less than 10. For privacy reasons, the school will not disclose the median cummulative debt.

 

2011-12

4 students completed the Paralegal certificate program for the academic year 2011-12.  The number of students who have completed this program during the 2011-12 award year is less than 10. For privacy reasons, the school will not disclose the median cummulative debt.

 

2012-13

9 students completed the Paralegal certificate program for the academic year 2012-13.  The number of students who have completed this program during the 2012-13 award year is less than 10.  For privacy reasons, the school will not disclose the median cummulative debt.  

 

2013-14

11 students completed the program for the academic year 20013-14. 100% completed the program in normal time. Of those 11 students, 9 incurred student loan debt to complete the program. For all students completing the program, the median cummulative debt is as follows:

Federal Student Loan Debt: $13,000

Private Loan Debt: $0

Instituational Financing Plan Debt: $0

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