Become part of a legal team
If you have a passion for law and the desire to work as part of a legal team, the Paralegal Studies program is your springboard to law school or a career as a paralegal.
Bachelor of Science
Stevenson's Paralegal Studies program is the only ABA-approved paralegal bachelor's degree program in Maryland. Paralegal Studies attracts students who have logical and analytical minds, possess organizational skills, and pay attention to detail. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. However, working under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals are vital members of the legal team, performing such functions as:
- Legal research and writing
- Gathering information electronically
- Investigating cases
- Interviewing witnesses
- Drafting pleadings
- Managing trial preparation and litigation support
- Drafting contracts and real estate documents
- Managing estates and guardianships
- Preparing intellectual property applications and bankruptcy schedules
What Will You Learn?
- Conduct research using all appropriate resources to identify and obtain relevant legal authority.
- Compose documents based on factual investigation, legal research, and analysis to inform and/or persuade.
- Apply legal terminology, principles of law, and rules of ethical legal practice to the performance of paralegal services.
- Operate as productive and professional members of a legal services delivery team using appropriate communication, technology, and time-management skills.
- Perform substantive legal work under the direction of an attorney, as permitted by law.
A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Paralegal Studies program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
Why Study Paralegal Studies?
The Paralegal Studies program prepares you for the next steps in your career after college. Whether your path is working in paralegal services or pursuing a J.D. degree, Stevenson will support you.
- Internship emphasis. Students are placed in a variety of legal settings and perform internships in law firms of all sizes, insurance companies, real estate companies, legal aid providers, prosecutor's offices, public defender's offices, and other government agencies.
- Pre-Law Option. The program is an excellent option for students interested in applying to law school. The same substantive and procedural courses offered at law schools are offered in Stevenson's program. A full-time Paralegal Studies faculty member serves as a dedicated pre-law advisor and assists students with law school applications. Graduates who attend law school find that the Paralegal Studies program at Stevenson gives them a competitive advantage.
Courses & Requirements
Courses and Requirements
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in paralegal studies. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions. Typically, students will take lower-level (100- and 200- level) courses in their freshman or sophomore years, and upper-level (300- and 400- level) courses in their junior or senior years.
Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.
- LAW 102 Introduction to Legal Studies
- LAW 112 Torts
- LAW 114 Estates and Trusts
- LAW 120 Contract Law
- LAW 125 Legal Research and Writing I
- LAW 130 Business Organizations Law
- LAW 204 Constitutional Law
- LAW 210 Legal Research and Writing II
- LAW 216 Civil Litigation and Pleading
- LAW 225A Internship Part I
- LAW 225B Internship Part II
- Two lower-level (100- or 200- level) LAW electives
- Six upper-level (300- or 400- level) LAW electives
- LAW 480 Senior Seminar
- ACC 215 Financial Accounting (Note: This requirement also may be satisfied by taking ACC 121 and ACC 122)
- EC 201 Principles of Economics: Introduction to Macroeconomics *
- IS 134 MS Windows and Office Applications *
- IS 135 Advanced MS Office Applications
- PHIL 215 Ethics *
- PHIL 415 Topics in Professional Ethics *
- PHIL 416 Business Ethics *(PHIL 415 or PHIL 416 is recommended to help meet the university's upper-level non-LAW course requirements)
- POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions & Procedures *
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
A minor is available in Legal Studies. The minor in Legal Studies is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals and is not approved by the American Bar Association. Please see an academic advisor for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.
B.S. to M.S. option
The B.S. to M.S. option is available for students majoring in paralegal studies who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a master's degree in one of Stevenson's graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in as few as five years. Student must formally apply for entrance into a B.S. to M.S. option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an education plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors.
Calendar of Events
- J.R. Mitchell Memorial Book Talk Series
- Wed Oct 29
- Greenspring Campus
- Career Opportunities in Psychology & Human Services
- Wed Oct 29
- Greenspring Campus
- Painting in Circles - An Artist Exhibition
- Thu Oct 30
- Greenspring Campus
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Graduates of our Paralegal Studies program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:
• Legal Research/Writing
• Employment Law
• Sports Law
• Child/Family Law
• Criminal Law
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.