This Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association only at the Los Angeles and Woodland Hills campuses, and at the College of the Canyons. The 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.
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. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.
- PLA 200 Legal Theory & Ethics
- PLX 2100X Torts
- PLA 201 English for Professionals
- PLX 2101X Leg Res Wrtg-Briefing/Analysis
- PLX 2102X Contracts
- PLX 2103X Leg Res Wrtg-Legal Memo
- PLA 202 Property
- PLA 203 Leg Res Wrtg-Persuasive Wrtg.
- PLX 2105X Computers & the Law
- PLA 303 Law Office Administration
- PLA 318 Remedies & Dispute Resolution
- PLA 325 Litigation I
- PLA 329 Corporations I
- PLA 333 Criminal Law I
- PLA 426 Litigation II
- PLA 430 Corporations II
- PLA 434 Criminal Law II
- PLA 495 Objective Writing Capstone
- PLA 496 Persuasive Writing Capstone
- LAW 402 The Art of Negotiation
- LAW 430 Constitutional Law
- LAW 440 Comparative International Law
- ADR 400 Alternative Dispute Resolution
- ADR 405 Negotiation Fundamentals
- ADR 415 Mediation Fundamentals
- ADR 430 Ethics and Neutrality