Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
Dr. Bryan Hance
This paralegal degree is approved by the American Bar Association. The Bachelor of Science paralegal degree program is intended to provide students with the professional skills required to serve the legal community effectively and ethically as a paralegal or legal assistant. The paralegal degree combines both a comprehensive academic curriculum and practical education in the role of the paralegal in a legal environment. The curriculum is designed to enable students to understand and articulate legal theory and apply it ethically to paralegal professional practice.
The paralegal degree is offered and ABA-approved at the Los Angeles and Woodland Hills campuses and housed within the School of Professional Studies.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Describe the American legal system and major areas of the law, such as Torts, Contracts, Property, and others, and understand the legal terminology in those areas.
- Identify legal issues and apply basic legal analysis in the context of a legal problem.
- Conduct legal research using manual and computer-assisted methods.
- Identify and apply proper legal remedies in the context of a legal problem.
- Use computers and other technology for law office and case management, document preparation, discovery, law and motion, and trial preparation.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to convey relevant information to attorneys, clients, witnesses, and other persons.
- Demonstrate the ability to assist with preparing legal documents, and handling pre-trial and trial preparation tasks.
- Perform paralegal tasks competently in a law office, corporate law department, governmental agency, judicial setting, or other comparable legal environment.
- Integrate legal theory with the practical aspects of working as a paralegal in a law practice.
- Articulate applicable ethics laws and codes of ethical conduct.
To receive a Bachelor of Science, paralegal degree students must complete at least 180 quarter units, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper division level, 45 units which must be completed in residence at National University, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. A minimum of 27 quarter units of general education course work is required by the American Bar Association to be completed in at least three disciplines, such as social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, foreign language, and English. The paralegal degree coursework comprises 18 legal specialty courses and one English for Professionals course as set forth below. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy the 180 quarter units for the paralegal degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.
Preparation for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Upper Division Electives (6 courses; 27 quarter units)
Students must complete a minimum of 27 quarter units of electives to fulfill the upper-division unit requirements to earn the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies. Students can select from the following recommended electives or choose from any upper-division course in the College of Letters and Sciences or the School of Professional Studies.