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Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Approved by the American Bar Association, Bay Path's two-year program in Paralegal Studies prepares you for entry-level paralegal positions in a variety of settings. Legal specialty courses cover a specific area of law, procedure, or the legal process and emphasize legal assistant skills, forms, documents, procedures, and legal principles and theories.

Upon completion of this program you will receive a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies. 

Your Associate of Science degree can also be applied to earning your Bachelor's degree in this field at Bay Path. The Legal Studies major at Bay Path would be a good pre-requisite for students who want to pursue a law degree after graduation. 

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

GOV100 American Government 3

This course provides an understanding of the function of the American national government. The development of the Constitution and the American political system are considered in the light of contemporary economic, social, and technological conditions.

LAW103 Intro to American Legal System 3

This course introduces students to basic legal concepts, the structure of the American state and federal court systems, basic legal theory and practice, and provides an overview of several areas of law. This course is required for all legal studies majors, minors, and certificate students; it is a prerequisite for all other legal courses

LAW220 Business Law 3

This course studies the legal environment of business, including an examination of the format and characteristics of corporations, partnerships, and agency law. The law of contracts is studied in detail. Prerequisite: LAW 103

LAW232 Principles of Litigation 3

This course introduces students to the principles and process of civil litigation from pre-suit investigation through trial. Students will gain insight into the litigation process from lecture and class discussion, reading assignments, examination of actual-case documentation, and the drafting of pleadings and motions and other documents. Prerequisite: LAW 103 Offered in the spring semester

LAW240 Legal Research/Writing 3

This course surveys published sources and materials of the law. Students are trained in the research and analysis of legal problems and in the practical applications of legal writing. This course includes drafting correspondence, case briefs, and legal memoranda. Prerequisites: LAW 103 Offered in the fall semester

LAW241 Computer Assisted Legal Resear 3

This course provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in legal research and fact investigation. Topics covered include citation and searching methods, types of resources, Web site evaluation, and a comparison of print and electronic research tools. Students will perform tasks similar to those expected of them in a legal setting. Print, electronic, and Web-based resources from information providers such as WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS are included. (Lab fee) Prerequisite: LAW 240 or permission of Department Chair

LAW246 Tort Law 3

This introductory course covers basic tort law, including assault, battery, trespass, conversion, infliction of emotional distress, products liability, and negligence. Classroom work will be reinforced by assignments in which students research and brief a variety of tort cases. Prerequisites: LAW 232 and LAW 240 Offered in the fall semester

LAW247 Employment Law 3

This course introduces students to a variety of laws affecting the employment relationship between employers and employees. Topics include discrimination, sexual harassment, employment contracts/employee-at-will doctrine, Fair Labor Standards Act, OSHA, ADA, privacy issues in the workplace, AIDS, and the Family Medical Leave Act. Prerequisite: LAW103, LAW 220

LAW248 Princ of Criminal Procedure 3

Principles of Criminal Procedure This course provides an overview of criminal procedure with special focus on the respective rights and duties of the defense and prosecution. It covers the development and present state of the law as it applies to arrest, search and seizure, statements by the accused and others, the right to counsel, trial proceedings and issues, sentencing, punishment, and appeal. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the history and development of the constitutional dynamics of a criminal case and the current state of the law from the perspective of legal practitioners. Students will use a text supplemented with outside readings that include criminal case law, law-review articles, court pleadings, and fiction. Instructional materials also include videotapes, such as 'The Thin Blue Line.' Students will be required to brief cases and write short papers. Prerequisite: LAW 103, Sophomore status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW249 Principles of Criminal Law 3

This course provides an overview of the history and structure of criminal law and focuses on the elements of common crimes, common defenses, the concepts of criminal liability, criminal intent, and conduct punishable by the criminal law. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the development and current state of criminal law and the similarities and differences between criminal and civil law. Students will use a text supplemented with outside readings that include case law, jury instructions, law-review articles, and fiction. Prerequisite: LAW 103, Sophomore status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW250 Wills/Estate/Trust Mgmt 3

Wills, Estates, and Trust Management An examination of the law of property and how it is obtained, held, and disposed of during life and at death. The course includes preparation and drafting of various estate planning documents. Instruction includes using computer software in the writing of wills. Prerequisite: LAW 103 Offered in the spring semester in alternate years

LAW260 Real Estate Law 3

This course introduces the student to the following areas: ownership interests, methods and problems of co-ownership, contracts for the sale of real estate, deeds, mortgages, title examinations, brokerage contracts, leases, and landlord and tenant rights and liabilities. The course includes preparation of a title examination and various real estate documents, including RESPA forms. Prerequisite: LAW 103 Offered in the fall semester

MAT112 Applied College Mathematics 3

This course is designed for diverse students to acquire a solid foundation in non-calculus mathematics. It uses practical mathematics to develop problem solving and analytical skills. Topics include linear equations, linear inequalities, matrix and its application, linear programming, and the simplex method. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.