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About Us

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

The United States Department of Labor has reported in its 2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, that: "Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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 cannot practice law).

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 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, 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.  

Or, to change your  major and join the exciting paralegal field, click here.

Come join us to prepare for your exciting career inside the law!

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Announcements

December 2018:

For Winter 2019 advising information, please contact Dr. Ball at kball8@emich.edu.

September 2018:

For Fall 2018 advising information, please contact Professor Kustron at kkustron@emich.edu.

2018–2019: Program Application

Application for Paralegal Major

If you are an "intent" major, you will want to complete this form after taking your key paralegal courses.

March 2018: Declaring Your Major

To declare yourself as a paralegal major, you need to complete the EMU Declaration of Major form . Your major should be paralegal intent, and you will be receiving a B.S. degree.

October 2017: Course Testing Out Procedures

The Paralegal Studies Program has a "testing out" program for selective classes. This testing out is based on EMU approved procedures, and is used most often for such classes such as BMMT 201 and LEGL 304. The Program Coordinator and School Director must approved all "testing out" applications. For more information, download the Undergraduate Credit by Exam Form [PDF] .

January 2017: We are Hybrid!

Effective Winter 2017, most courses were changed to either be hybrid (a mix of online and face to face meetings) or 100% online! This change was made to accommodate student schedules. Your feedback will always be appreciated on our course rollout and our master schedule.

Questions?

Email us at paralegal_emu@emich.edu