BA in Paralegal Studies
The Bachelor of Arts requires a total of 120 credits combining required general education courses and Paralegal Studies courses, and offers significant opportunity for expanding work in paralegal studies through electives.
About the Major
The BA in Paralegal Studies includes an internship program, in which students can take 3-15 credits working in a legal environment. It also provides for elective courses in areas such as Family Law, Employment Law, Healthcare Law, and Bankruptcy. The bachelor's program also encourages multi-disciplinary work, combining law, science, ethics, and other disciplines for a rich appreciation of the law in society. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the 300 level or above. Prior college credits may be transferred into the B.A. degree.
See a complete list of course offerings in the Undergraduate Course Catalog.
Evelyn M. Navarro, '12
After graduating, I became an Immigration Paralegal in a private law firm in Hartford, CT. Knowing that my job unites families and allows individuals the opportunity to gain new experiences is my biggest reward. The education and values I received from UHart made me a valuable employee and a better person in all aspects of my life.
Prospective B.A. in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration students must be at least 22 years of age and must have completed a minimum of 30 transferable college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on previous coursework. In general, coursework taken at accredited institutions for which the student earned a minimum grade of C- will transfer. Computer coursework older than five years and some technical coursework will not transfer. Adults who have not accumulated 30 credits are welcome to take courses at the University of Hartford as non-matriculated students until they reach 30 credit hours or they may matriculate into the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program. Upon completion of the 60 credit associate degree, students can seamlessly transfer to the B.A. in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration to complete their baccalaureate degree. Students may not have been full-time students at the University of Hartford in the two years prior to their application to the B.A. in University Studies with a Paralegal Studies Concentration.
How to Apply
- Arrange a personal interview with Sharron Dillon, Esq., Program Manager, Paralegal Studies Program at 860.768.5468 or email@example.com so we can better assess your educational goals, better assist you with a preliminary academic development plan, and provide personal assistance with the application process. If you have college transcripts, bring them for an initial evaluation of your transfer credits – and any questions you want to ask us!
- Complete and submit your application and the $35 non-refundable application fee to the Admissions Office.
- Arrange to have your official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges and high school transcript sent directly to the Admissions Office. High school transcripts are used for federal financial aid requirements only.
What is a Paralegal?
Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney in private law firms, businesses, 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, and preparing articles of incorporation. Their work enables the supervising attorneys to meet the needs of clients more effectively and to more efficiently address the complex problems demanding legal expertise.
Paralegals work in many different areas of the law, such as litigation, real estate, corporate, probate and estate planning, family law, environmental, employment, intellectual property, and bankruptcy. Working only under the supervision of attorneys, paralegals:
Interview clients and witnesses;
Conduct legal research and investigation;
Prepare legal documents and correspondence;
Assist at trials and hearings;
Analyze complex prodecures and transactions; and
Draft legal pleadings and memoranda.
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.
For more information on the paralegal profession visit www.paralegals.org.