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Paralegal Studies

Launch or enhance your legal career!

Why Paralegal Studies at Bay Path University?

Bay Path University's Paralegal Studies program prepares graduates for careers in law by providing a strong undergraduate education emphasizing communication, leadership, technology, and ethics. By challenging students to a rigorous curriculum of theory and practical application, the paralegal program prepares them for professional opportunities in a wide variety of legal settings including: law firms; legal service agencies; courts; corporations; financial institutions; and city, state, and federal government agencies and offices.

Students who complete this program will have fulfilled the requirements for the American Bar Association (ABA)-approved Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies. Students graduate knowing that paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and are not authorized to engage in the practice of law. 

As a Paralegal Studies major, students will be able to:

  • Understand, analyze, produce, evaluate and present (orally) appropriate solutions to legal challenges of the working legal professional within the context of delivery of legal services.
  • Apply legal research skills using full range of materials, both print and electronic.
  • Perform legal writing for different audiences, purposes and kinds of documents.
  • Exhibit an understanding of substantive issues and legal procedures by identification and analysis of legal issues.

PLEASE NOTE: A PARALEGAL MAY WORK ONLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN ATTORNEY AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW. THE ABA DEFINES A PARALEGAL OR LEGAL ASSISTANT AS "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."