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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Legal Assisting

2+2 for students who complete the Legal Assisting Technology Program

This program is designed for students who have completed the associate degree in legal assisting and who wish to attend law school or pursue any career - either traditional of nontraditional- which requires paralegal skills or a paralegal background. Some examples of career opportunities for graduates of our program are internal revenue officer, clerk of courts, veterans claims examiner, and computer litigation support.

All required courses in the legal assisting program (68 hours) count toward the baccalaureate requirements. After transferring the legal assisting credits, the bachelor of science student needs to complete the General Education Program requirements and the Business Core.

Legal Assisting Technology Associate Degree

Legal assistants perform many tasks under the supervision of attorneys, Their responsibilities may include legal and factual research, interviewing clients and witnesses, reviewing and organizing material for cases, drafting legal documents and forms, and functioning as a member of a legal team.

Jobs for the legal assistant vary in scope and nature from small to large law firms, financial institutions, corporations, law courts, insurance agencies, banks, department stores, credit departments, and health care facilities. It is one of the fastest growing areas of employment in the United States today.

Career Opportunities

A paralegal's job title may reflect the type of law practiced by their employer (i.e., administrative law, banking, bankruptcy, or corporate paralegal). Paralegals are also employed in the areas of criminal, domestic relations, employee benefits, environmental, family, health care, insurance, oil and gas, and workers' compensation law as well as in estate planning and litigation.

Positions in the federal government which may require a paralegal background include: clerk of courts, civil service retirement claims examiner, compliance inspector, contract representative, criminal investigator, customs inspector, customs patrol officer, dependents and estates claims examiner, equal opportunity assistant, general claims examiner, insurance examiner, internal revenue officer, legal clerk, mediator, railroad retirement claims examiner, securities compliance examiner, social insurance claims examiner, veterans claims examiner, and workers' compensation claims examiner.

Nontraditional career positions which require either paralegal skills or a paralegal background, but may or may not utilize the terms "paralegal" or "legal assistant" include: administrative assistant, care manager coordinator, case manager, computer litigation support, executive assistant, human resources staff analyst, legal research aide, litigation manager, project coordinator, resource coordinator, and title clerk.

Goals of the program

The legal assisting program has clearly established goals designed to meet the unique needs of our students, potential employers of our graduates, and the mission of Shawnee State University. Our goals are as follows: (1) to graduate ethically responsible legal assistants who are conscious of the prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law; (2) to create and maintain a program responsive to the needs of its constituency; (3) to strive to qualify graduates who will contribute to the advancement of the profession, rather than to serve only the purposes of one institution or locality; and (4) to develop the student's sensitivity to emerging concepts regarding the role of the legal assistant in the effective delivery of legal services in both the private and public section of our society.

The legal assisting courses at Shawnee State are not theory courses, but rather practical "how to" courses taught by attorneys and judges who have specialized in the area in which they teach.

Associate Degree in Applied Business Concentration in Legal Assisting

68 Semester Hours

Semester 1 (Total: 18 Hours)

Course Title Hours
BULA 1010 Introduction To Legal Assisting 3
ENGL 1101 Discourse & Comp. OR 3
ENGL 1102 Discourse & Comp. 3
GOVT 2250 Introduction To Political Science 3
BULW 2500 Business Law I 3
BULA 2640 Computer App. & The Law 3
SOCI 1101 Introduction To Sociology OR 3
SOSC 1110 Foundations Of Sociology 3

Semester 2 (Total: 15 Hours)

Course Title Hours
BULA 2510 Legal Research & Writing I 3
BULA 2720 Ethics For The Legal Assistant 3
BULW 2600 Business Law II 3
ENGL 1105 Composition & Argument 3
BULA 2620 Introduction to Civil Litigation 3

Semester 3 (Total: 18 Hours)

Course Title Hours
BULA 2520 Legal Research & Writing II 3
BULA 2610 Tort Law: Personal Injury Lit. 3
BULA 2630 Intro to Contracts/Restitution 3
BULA 2690 Criminal Law/Criminal Pro. 3
BULA 2650 Family Law 3
BUAC 2010 Intro to Financial Accounting 3

Semester 4 (Total: 17 Hours)

Course Title Hours
BULA 2790 Legal Assisting Practicum 2
BULA 2660 Wills, Trusts & Estate Admin. 3
BULA 2700 Evidence 3
MATH 1010  (or higher) 3
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3
BUAC 2030 Intro to Managerial Accounting 3

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