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Are you highly organized, analytical, and detail-oriented? If so, Paralegal Studies may be the major for you. The American Bar Association defines paralegal as one who “performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." Paralegals are not lawyers and do not practice law, but they are highly trained professionals who perform important functions in a variety of legal arenas. The Paralegal Studies Program at Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies New Orleans Campuses has been approved by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals since 1981 and is the oldest ABA-approved program in the Gulf Coast region.

An undergraduate majoring in Paralegal Studies at Tulane University may earn an Associate or Bachelor of Arts degree and Certificate. A student who already has earned a bachelor’s degree may pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Our Program also offers a Minor in Paralegal Studies, but this option is not ABA-approved.

Each Paralegal Studies major completes six core Paralegal Studies courses: Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Litigation I and II, Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Computers in the Law Firm. Depending upon their degree programs, students then choose two to four upper-level elective courses in various areas of substantive law including, among others, Admiralty, Bankruptcy, Business and Corporate Law, Family Law, Insurance Practice, Interviewing and Investigation, Labor and Employment Law, Louisiana Notary Practice, Louisiana Successions, and Law Firm Management. All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, giving students immediate and ongoing opportunities to interact with legal professionals and develop the networks necessary for success.

Senior students in all degree programs apply their new skills and knowledge in PARA 5900 – Paralegal Practicum, which includes a 100-hour internship. Regular participants in Tulane’s Paralegal internship program include law offices of many sizes and specialty areas, prosecuting attorneys, plaintiffs’ counsel, defense counsel, government agencies, pro bono legal services organizations, insurance companies, and other businesses.

From Introduction to Paralegal Studies through the Practicum in the final semester, our Program works to provide students with the tools necessary to compete in today’s job market. Our students learn to draft effective resumes and cover letters, participate in mock interviews, and acquire other job search skills. Thanks to our Program’s long history and the success of our graduates, the Paralegal Studies Program has broad support in the legal community. We maintain a job bank and email listserv to provide our students and graduates with direct notice of opportunities. Our alumni are employed in law firms, corporate and governmental legal departments, and other legal teams throughout the region.


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