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. Tulane's program has been ABA approved since 1981 – it's the oldest ABA-approved program in the Gulf South. Its free job placement assistance helps connect students with good jobs.
Sallie says: "Paralegal studies is a really good major for someone who pays attention to detail and likes to analyze how they can get those facts to bring to bear on a particular situation. Courses in the program always combine the theoretical and the practical. In every course students will not only learn about the law, history of law, the difference between civil law, that sort of thing. They are also given assignments that are practical in nature, the kind of assignments that a paralegal would have to be doing for an attorney."
"A variety of upper-level electives – ranging from family law to administrative practice, immigration law, corporate and business law – mean students can tailor learning toward the kind of paralegal position they might like to get. The faculty are a diverse and wonderful bunch. The majority are practicing attorneys in New Orleans, bringing all of their experience into the classroom. There are also several senior-level paralegals who teach for us. At the end of the program, all students take a paralegal internship course. They spend 100 hours working in a legal setting they arrange with me. It is one of best ways of putting into practice the practical legal aspects they have learned in the program."
Explore the program descriptions to the right, or browse the paralegal studies class schedule – in the listing, choose "Include" under School of Continuing Studies Course Offerings, "Paralegal Studies" from the Course Subject Area, and the campus you prefer, if applicable.