Eastern Michigan University

College Of Technology  
 

 

College Of Technology

109 Sill Hall
Ypsilanti, MI,48197
734.487.0354


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About the Program

For detailed information, click the following link to visit the program website at :
http://www.emich.edu/cot/legalassistant/

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. It 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. 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.

About the Curriculum


General Education Requirements    
40 Credit Hours

Additional Requirements    
6 Credit Hours
One pairing from either of the following:
Either ECON 201 and ECON 202
6
or
SOCL 105 and SOCL 201
6
 
Major Requirements                                         
69 Credit Hours
Note: Students are responsible for completing all prerequisites listed.
Required Courses
33 Credit Hours
LEGL 211    Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Terminology
                 (Grade of "B-" or better required)
3
LEGL 304W Legal Writing & Research I (Grade of "C+" or better required)
                 (Prereq ENGL 121 (Grade of "B" or better), BMMT 123, LEGL                  211)
3

The remaining LEGL core courses below require the successful completion of LEGL 211 and LEGL 304W, Program Admission and completion of any prereqs.

LEGL 212    Law Office Administration & Technology
                 (Prereq BMMT 123, BMMT 201)
3
LEGL 305    Legal Writing & Research II
                 (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W BMMT 201)
3
LEGL 311    Probate, Estates, and Wills (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W)
3
LEGL 313    Family Law (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W)
3
LEGL 400    Legal Writing & Research III
                 (Formerly LEGL 306; Prereq LEGL 305)
3
LEGL 404    Court Rules, Forms, & Drafting Contracts
                 (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W)
3
LEGL 405    Civil Litigation & Procedure I (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W)
3
LEGL 406    Civil Litigation & Procedure II (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W)
3
LEGL 416    Legal Assistant Internship
                 (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W, LEGL 305, LEGL 404,
                 LEGL 405,program permission)
3
Restricted University Elective Courses
21 Credit Hours
                 21 hours from law-related courses, including:
LEGL 315    Land Transactions & Real Estate
                 (Prereq LEGL 211, LAW 293, sophomore standing)
3
LEGL 320    Cyber Law and Compliance
3
LEGL 415    Bankruptcy Law (Prereq LEGL 304W)
3
LEGL 417    Legal Resource Center (LRC) Clinical Experience
                 (Prereq LEGL 211, LEGL 304W, LEGL 404,
                 program permission)
3
LEGL 418    Women and the Law
3
LEGL 474    Clinical Training
3
LEGL 479    Disability Law (Prereq LEGL 211)
3
BMMT 220   Word Information Processing (Prereq BMMT 123)
3
CTAC 357   Interviewing as Communication
                 (Prereqs CTAS 124 or department permission)
3
LAW  293    Legal Environment of Business
3
LAW  393    Law of Business Enterprises (Prereq LAW 293)
3
LAW  403    Employment Law
3
LAW  455    International Law (Department permission)
3
PHIL  355    Philosophy of Law
3
PLSC 301    The American Legal System
3
PLSC 312    American Constitutional Law I
3
PLSC 341    International Law
3
PLSC 385    Judicial Processes and Behavior
3
PLSC 412    Comparative Legal Systems
3
PLSC 456    Criminal Law
3
 
Business and Information Processing Core                                 
15 Credit Hours
ACC   240   Principles of Accounting
3
BMMT 201   Principles of Accounting
3
BMMT 396   Information and Media Administration
3
BMMT 496   Records Administration Using Database
3
STS    224   Solving Quantitative Problems in Technology
3
                 (To see course descriptions visit the Course catalog)
 
Minor Requirements  
None
 
University Elective Courses  
9 Credit Hours
 
 
Program Total  
124 Credit Hours

About the Faculty

>>  Nancy Harbour,J.D.

>>  Konnie Kustron,J.D.

>>  Darcelle White,J.D.