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Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) Program - Get Inside the Law!

Why a Paralegal Studies Major? The Paralegal Profession holds jobs for the future.

The United States Department of Labor reported, in its 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, that: "Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations."

Who is a Paralegal?

A paralegal, or legal assistant, is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible (paralegals cannot practice law).

Why choose EMU's Paralegal Studies Program?

EMU’s unique Paralegal (Legal Assisting) Studies Program provides the education necessary for students who want to get a job inside the exciting legal field upon graduation. The Program, approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), offers both the initial Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal (Legal Assisting) Studies and a Second Bachelor’s Degree. And our graduates get paralegal jobs!

The Program’s Faculty – all of whom are attorneys – are committed to providing program students with the "real world" skills needed to succeed in today’s legal profession and to work side-by-side and under the supervision of an attorney. These skills include:

  • Proficiency in legal research, writing and analysis;
  • Understanding the basics of Probate and Family Law;
  • Using computer-based research and office management tools;
  • Learning court rules and procedures;
  • Drafting legal documents;
  • Understanding corporate transactions;
  • Interviewing clients and case investigation; and
  • Preparing for trial.

EMU’s Paralegal Studies Program is the only university program in the country that sponsors an attorney-supervised legal clinic for its paralegal students. Students work inside the courthouse helping members of the public with civil court forms and court procedures.

There is a program admission & retention policy, which is explained in this website. We welcome transfer students and have articulation agreements with many community colleges.

Program graduates are currently working in job settings such as Ford Motor Company, private law firms, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Many graduates continue on to law school. Recent graduates have been accepted to study law at the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, Wayne State University and the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Students must be admitted to the Paralegal Studies Major and follow the retention policy, which is explained in this website. We welcome transfer students and have articulation agreements with many community colleges, which allows students to transfer certain courses specific to the Paralegal Studies Program. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

Come Join Us to Prepare for Your Exciting Career Inside the Law!