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Degrees & Programs:
Paralegal Studies

Tulane University College offers Bachelor's and Associate's Degrees in Paralegal Studies, a Minor, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate upon fulfillment of the requirements listed below.

Tulane's Paralegal Studies Program prepares professionals who are ready to succeed in today's competitive legal environment. According to the American Bar Association, a paralegal is:

"…a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. "

Paralegals are not lawyers and do not practice law. Under the supervision of attorneys, they work in large and small law firms, banks, corporations, legislatures, administrative agencies, legal aid offices and clinics, and in public and private advocacy associations.

The primary goal of Tulane's Paralegal Studies Program is to educate students of diverse backgrounds to become effective, ethical and professional paralegals who are employable in a variety of legal settings and who are committed to on-going improvement and continuing paralegal education. The program encourages diversity in its student body and faculty and is committed to equal opportunity in its placement program.

The program achieves this goal by meeting the following objectives:

1. To provide students with a comprehensive general education that includes studies in writing, formal thought, speech, the humanities, sciences and social sciences, and that is designed to develop students' critical thinking and communication skills.

2. To educate students about the role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services.

3. To educate students to perform legal and factual investigation and research using both traditional and technology-based methods.

4. To educate students about the court system, including civil, criminal and administrative fields, on trial and appellate levels, and also on alternative dispute resolution methods.

5. To teach students to analyze factual situations, handle legal procedures, and draft legal documents used in state and federal practice.

6. To prepare students to function effectively with the computer technology used in practice and to adapt to ever-changing technological advances.

7. To assist students to develop the organizational skills necessary for successful law office functioning, including categorizing and organizing documents, calendaring, prioritizing work, managing time, using forms, and maintaining billing data.

8. To expose students to a range of specialty areas enabling them to explore their interests and to prepare for careers in a variety of settings, including but not limited to admiralty law, family law, corporate law, personal injury and medical malpractice, healthcare compliance, and succession practice.

9. To provide students with an understanding of the rules of professional conduct involving lawyers and their application to paralegals and of the ethical codes and canons of the national paralegal associations.

10. To encourage students to engage in lifelong learning and professional development and to provide continuing paralegal education opportunities for graduates and other members of the local paralegal community.

The Tulane Paralegal Studies Program is a college credit program. Established in 1979, the program was first granted approval by the American Bar Association in 1981, and it remains the oldest such approved program in this region.

The program runs a job placement service at no cost to students, graduates, or employers. Students are encouraged to join TUPA, the Tulane University Paralegal Association, to take advantage of the networking and mentoring opportunities available. TUPA sponsors an annual Career Fair and CLE workshop.

Students can earn a Certificate in Paralegal Studies by completing (1) an Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies; (2) a Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies; or (3) a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies (open to students who hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college).

Paralegal studies majors with no prior college coursework must take general education course their first semester. ENGL 101/UENG 125 is a prerequisite for enrollment in any Paralegal Studies course.

Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies
(124 Credits)

Proficiency Requirements Credits

English 101 (part-time students may substitute UENG-125)

4
Writing or English Literature Course
(cannot be ENLS 367)
3-4
Math, or PHIL 106 Critical Thinking, or PHIL PHIL 121 Elementary Symbolic Logic, or UMGT 325 Business Statistics 3
Foreign Language or Non-Western Culture 6-8
 
Supporting Requirements Credits
USPC 140 Intro to Public Speaking, or USPC 311 Small Group Communication 3
Computer Applications 3
 
Distribution Requirements (selected from table) Credits
Humanities 12
Sciences 12
Social Sciences 12
 
Total
58-61

In addition, the Bachelor's Degree requires 63 credits of core and other requirements for a total of 124 credits:

Core Requirements Credits

UPAR 201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3
UPAR 302 Legal Research 3
UPAR 303 Legal Writing 3
UPAR 305 Litigation I 3
UPAR 306 Litigation II 3
UPAR 402 Computers in the Law Firm or UPAR 440 Advanced Multimedia Litigation 3
Five Paralegal Courses 400+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 15
UPAR 590 Paralegal Practicum (final semester) 3

 

 
Other Requirements Credits
Minor Courses 18
General Electives (this number varies - see your adviser) ?
 
Total
63

Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies
(61 credits)

For students with little or no college experience, the recommended path is to pursue the Associate of Arts degree and then to continue working towards the Bachelor of Arts degree. All coursework for the A.A. rolls forward and applies towards the Bachelor's degree. Students earn their Certificate in Paralegal Studies upon completion of the requirements for the 60-semester hour Associate of Arts degree.

Proficiency Requirements Credits

English 101 (part-time students may substitute UENG-125)

4
Writing or English Literature Course
(cannot be ENLS 367)
3-4
Math, or PHIL 106 Critical Thinking, or PHIL PHIL 121 Elementary Symbolic Logic, or UMGT 325 Business Statistics 3
 
Supporting Requirements Credits
USPC 140 Intro to Public Speaking, or USPC 311 Small Group Communication 3
Computer Applications 3
 
Distribution Requirements (selected from table) Credits
Humanities 3
Sciences 3
Social Sciences 3
 
Total
26-27

In addition, the Bachelor's Degree requires 38-41 credits of core and elective requirements for a total of 61 credits:

Core Requirements Credits

UPAR 201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3
UPAR 302 Legal Research 3
UPAR 303 Legal Writing 3
UPAR 305 Litigation I 3
UPAR 306 Litigation II 3
UPAR 402 Computers in the Law Firm or UPAR 440 Advanced Multimedia Litigation 3
Three Paralegal Courses 400+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 9
UPAR 590 Paralegal Practicum (final semester) 3

 

 
Other Requirements Credits
General Electives (this number varies - see your adviser) ?
 
Total
38-41

Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (27 credits)

Students receive the paralegal certificate only upon completion of all degree requirements.

Requirements Credits

UPAR 201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3
UPAR 302 Legal Research 3
UPAR 303 Legal Writing 3
UPAR 305 Litigation I 3
UPAR 306 Litigation II 3
UPAR 402 Computers in the Law Firm or UPAR 440 Advanced Multimedia Litigation 3
Two Paralegal Courses 400+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 6
UPAR 590 Paralegal Practicum (final semester) 3
 
Total
27

Minor in Paralegal Studies

Students do not earn a paralegal certificate by completing a minor. The minor does not constitute a program option under ABA Guidelines and is not approved by the American Bar Association.

Core Requirements Credits

UPAR 201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3
UPAR 302 Legal Research 3
UPAR 303 Legal Writing 3
UPAR 305 Litigation I 3
Two Paralegal Courses 400+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 9
 
Total
18


Sallie Davis
Director of
Paralegal Studies
(504) 247-1361
sdavis3@tulane.edu

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