The Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies offers an exceptional level of preparation for a paralegal career or a pre-law education through a curriculum of courses which includes hands-on study of legal research and writing, law office and courtroom procedures, and case preparation including participation in a mock trial.
You Will Learn
Students in the Program will benefit from advanced resources of legal education, including Central Penn's own law library fully equipped with up to date print volumes and state-of-the-art computerized research tools. You will learn:
- A thorough comprehension of relevant bodies of law, the legal system, judicial processes, and prevailing legal theory.
- Problem-solving and research ability relative to legal issues, principles, and procedures.
- Computer literacy.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Technical skills in legal research, writing and analysis, substantive case evaluation, legal communication, law office and courtroom procedures, and case preparation and management. Proficiency in the use of computer-assisted legal research.
- The ability to perform and manage procedural and substantive legal tasks in an ethical manner.
- Professional maturity and preparedness to function effectively and professionally in a legal environment.
Central Penn will prepare students to work in an exciting and challenging legal environment.
- Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators and Hearing Officers
- Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators
- Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates
- Law Clerks
The Legal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. The ABA approval requires that ten (10) hours of legal specialty courses be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format.
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