About this program
Why a Paralegal Studies Major?
The paralegal profession holds jobs for the future.
The United States Department of Labor has reported in its current Occupational Outlook Handbook, that: "Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects. This occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects."
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 may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law and, must work under the supervision of an attorney).
Why choose EMU's Paralegal Studies program?
EMU’s unique Paralegal 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 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 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 and 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, Michigan State University, the University of Toledo, Wayne State University and the University of Detroit-Mercy. Other students work in law related fields such as arbitration and mediation, in legal compliance, or in human resource departments.
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.
Change your major and join the exciting paralegal field.
Come join us to prepare for your exciting career inside the law!
Articulation agreements list the EMU courses and equivalent community college courses that satisfy some of the requirements of specific majors or programs at EMU. Students who want to complete an associate degree will need to consult their community college catalog for community college program requirements. Eastern Michigan University has established articulation agreements for the Paralegal Studies program with the following Michigan community colleges:
- Delta College
- Henry Ford College
- Lansing Community College
- Macomb Community College
- Oakland Community College
- Washtenaw Community College
For more information, visit the EMU Community College Relations website.
- ABA (American Bar Association)
- NALA (The Paralegal Association)
- NFPA (National Federation of Paralegal Associations)
- SBM (State Bar of Michigan)
- AAfPE (American Association for Paralegal Education)
- WCBA (Washtenaw County Bar Association)
- FBA (Federal Bar Association)
- GLPA (Great Lakes Paralegal Association)
Check out Paralegal411.org. EMU's program has been ranked #12 on their ranking of top programs in the country!
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