Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney in private law firms, banks, public interest and legal aid organizations, governmental agencies, and corporate law departments. They perform a wide variety of legal tasks, such as drafting legal documents, assisting in civil or criminal trial preparation, or preparing articles of incorporation. Their work enables the supervising lawyers to meet the needs of clients more effectively and to deal more efficiently with the complex problems demanding legal expertise.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as provided by law. The Paralegal Studies program is not designed to prepare students for law school.
Several enrollment options are available to students wishing to pursue a paralegal career. University Studies offers an Associate in Science, a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies, a minor in paralegal studies, and a Paralegal Certificate program. Students may choose from these options depending on their individual needs and career goals.
The paralegal program is designed to meet the needs of the adult, part-time student. Students may take classes in the evening or in Saturday term format, or combine the two. Paralegal courses are taught year-round.
Students who enter a degree program may transfer legal specialty courses taken at prior institutions, based upon an evaluation by the program director. Courses will be accepted if they are from accredited colleges or universities in the United States and are similar in scope and content to the courses in the Paralegal Studies program.
The following limits apply to transfer credits of legal specialty courses toward the major or certificate:
Note: After matriculation in the associate's or bachelor's program, or enrollment in the Paralegal Certificate program, all required paralegal studies courses must be taken at the University of Hartford.