The Paralegal 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.
Our courses are offered on a standard schedule, rotating between day and night classes, giving students an opportunity to plan their program of study accordingly.
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.
Students who are members of the Honors College, have the opportunity to contract with their professor for Honors Credit for any 300 or 400 level class in the program. The process for securing Honors Credit is available here. Students interested in researching and writing an Honors Thesis for departmental honors, must secure approval from either Professor White or Professor Kustron. The Thesis must follow the format for a law review article including the use of the Blue Book legal citation format.
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 15 hour technology core. In addition, to complete the Second Bachelor's Degree, students must take a restricted elective(s) to meet the 50 semester requirement.