Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies
The graduate of the paralegal program will have the education and training to work under the direction and supervision of an attorney and to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work under an attorney’s supervision. Due to the high demand for legal work, attorneys have turned to paralegals to assist in not only the writing and research aspects of law but also in preparing for litigation.
Courses and assignments replicate real life situations in and out of the courtroom, or law office. As an assistant to an attorney, the paralegal researches legal precedent, prepares legal documents, and investigates facts. Research is conducted in support of a legal proceeding, to initiate legal action, to develop a defense, or to prepare documents. The paralegal program has been developed to prepare the graduate in additional areas of law with advanced skills in litigation beyond the legal assistant program. Graduates may work in private law office, government offices, and corporations.
The students are provided with a capstone course that includes preparation for certification. Certification is voluntary and optional, and not required for employment as a paralegal. Upon graduation from the program, the student may become a Florida Registered Paralegal by: (1) successful completion of the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE certification as offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations "NFPA") and good standing with NFPA; or (2) successful completion of the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal examination (CLA/CP certification as offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants “NALA”) and good standing with NALA. Registration is voluntary and not required in order to obtain employment as a paralegal.
Graduates of the MAU Legal Assistant Associate of Arts degree may transfer 18 credits in General Education; 12 credits in Lower Level Business Core; and 27 credits in Legal Specialty Upper Level Courses for a total of 57 credits.