The Paralegal (Legal Assisting) Studies Program prepares students to get inside the law and work as a paralegal or other legal professional. Paralegals work side-by-side and under the supervision of an attorney (paralegals cannot practice law). The faculty, who are all attorneys, is committed to providing our students with the real world skills needed to succeed in today's legal market. These skills include: proficiency in legal research, writing and analysis; using computer-based research tools; learning court rules and procedures; drafting legal documents; understanding corporate transactions; interviewing clients; discovery; and preparing for trial.

The Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), the gold standard for paralegal programs.

The Program offers both the initial Bachelor of Science and Second Bachelor's Degrees. The Program welcomes transfer students and has articulation agreements with many community colleges, which allows students to transfer certain courses specific to the Paralegal program. Eastern Michigan University is the only university in the country that sponsors an attorney-supervised legal clinic for its paralegal students, who work inside courthouses helping members of the public with court forms.

The Paralegal Studies Program follows a Program Admission Policy. This Policy is described in the University Catalog and can be found under Policies & Procedures. The Program Admission Policy requires that a student first complete Introduction to Paralegalism (LEGL 211), with a grade of "B-" or better and Legal Writing & Research (LEGL 304W), with a grade of "C+" or better, and be admitted to the Program before taking the remaining core legal (LEGL) courses.

Second Bachelor's Degree Curriculum

Second Bachelor's Degree students must complete a minimum of 50 semester hours of study. These hours consist of the same 33 semester hour legal core required for undergraduates and the 11 hours of the technology core. In addition, to complete the Second Bachelor's Degree, students must take a minimum of six semester hours of Program restricted electives.