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Paralegal Studies

Prepare for Your Career in Law

Stevenson's Paralegal Studies program was the first of its kind in the state of Maryland and one of the first in the nation to be approved by the American Bar Association.

  • Program Overview

    You don't need to go to law school to work in the legal field.

    In Stevenson's Paralegal Studies program, you can select courses that allow you to focus on a specific area of the legal field, such as corporate law, estate administration, real estate law, or litigation.

    Overview

    In the Paralegal Studies program, you'll learn the history, principles, and purposes of legal institutions and their operations. You'll gain an extensive knowledge of several fields of law and learn how to perform detailed work in specific areas. The program, which incorporates the latest technology throughout the curriculum, includes major courses in several substantive areas of law and a core of liberal arts courses.

    When you graduate, you'll be prepared to work as a paralegal or in another law-related role. Paralegals perform such functions as researching and writing, gathering information electronically, investigating cases, interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings, and managing trial preparation and litigation support while working under the supervision of an attorney. The program emphasizes critical-thinking, communication, and practical paralegal skills. Courses are offered during the day and the evening, and most courses are offered online with four required to be completed in a traditional on-campus format.

    Second Bachelor's Degree

    Stevenson University's innovative second B.S. in Paralegal Studies is designed for working adults who want to complete their degree quickly and expand their career horizons. Stevenson's B.S. in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association.

    The program is offered partially online in 8-week sessions, with the exception of four classes that are offered only in the 16-week traditional format in the evening. All students must complete a minimum of ten semester credits in a traditional format. A B.S. to M.S. option is available for qualified students who are interested in earning a master's degree one year after receiving a bachelor's degree from Stevenson University.

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  • Courses

    Courses

    Course Schedule 2014-15

    Download the PDF below to view the courses scheduled through fall 2015.

    Course Schedule

    In addition to completing the University's Core Curriculum, students in the Paralegal Studies program will complete the following courses:

    Major Requirements

    • 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
    • LAW 480 Senior Seminar
    • Two of the following courses:
      • LAW 215 Criminal Law
      • LAW 223 Real Estate Transactions
      • LAW 256 Domestic Relations
      • LAW 260 Juvenile Justice
    • Six of the following courses:
      • LAW 300 Elderlaw
      • LAW 302 LSAT Review
      • LAW 312 Advanced Business Organizations
      • LAW 315 Advanced Estate Administration
      • LAW 320 Bankruptcy Law
      • LAW 322 Criminal Investigation
      • LAW 325 Employment Law
      • LAW 330 Advanced Estate Planning
      • LAW 335 Intellectual Property
      • LAW 340 Income Taxation
      • LAW 345 Sports Law
      • LAW 351 Litigation Practice
      • LAW 352 Litigation Technologies
      • LAW 361 Immigration Law
      • LAW 365 Health Care Law
      • LAW 375 Environmental Law
      • LAW 380 Mediation
      • LAW 390 Law Clinic
      • LAW 404 Advanced Constitutional Law
      • LAW 423 Advanced Real Estate
      • LAW 450 Administrative and Government Law
      • LAW 462 Advanced Contract Drafting
      • LAW 470 International Business Law

    Secondary Requirements

    • ACC 215 Financial Accounting
    • EC 201 Principles of Economics: Introduction to Macroeconomics*
    • IS 134 MS Windows and Office Applications
    • IS 135 Advanced MS Office Applications
    • POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions & Procedures*
    And
    • PHIL 215 Ethics*
    Or
    • PHIL 415 Topics in Professional Ethics* **
    Or
    • PHIL 416 Business Ethics* **

    *Course also fulfills a core requirement
    **PHIL 415 or PHIL 416 is recommended to help meet the university's upper-level non-LAW course requirements

    Second Bachelor's Degree

    Major Requirements

    The Second B.S. in Paralegal Studies is a 31-credit program. Students are required to complete the core courses, totaling 13 credits. In addition, students are required to complete 5 law electives, 4 of which must be at the upper level. The following classes are required:

    • LAW 102 Intro to Legal Studies
    • LAW 125 Legal Research and Writing I*
    • LAW 210 Legal Research and Writing II*
    • One 100 or 200 level LAW elective
    • LAW 216 Civil Litigation and Pleading*
    • LAW 480 Senior Seminar*
    • Four 300 or 400 level LAW electives

    *These classes are only offered in the 16-week traditional evening format

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Two years of professional work experience.
    • Official college transcripts from each college previously attended.
    • At least 15 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Todd Chason (2009)
    Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies
    A.A.S., Villa Julie College
    B.S., Stevenson University
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Jeffrey C. Comen (2001)
    Adjunct Professor of Business and Legal Studies
    B.A., Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Daniel Dregier, Jr. (2010)
    Adjunct Professor of Business Administration and Law
    B.A., Loyola University Maryalnd
    J.D., University of Baltimore, School of Law

    Benjamin A. Harris (2009)
    Adjunct Professor of Law and Criminal Justice
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law

    Maria Howell (2006)
    Assistant Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Pamela M. Kessler (2005)
    Adjunct Professor of Law
    B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Michael I. Levine (1980)
    Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies
    B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    M.S., J.D., University of Baltimore

    Jason Medinger (2011)
    Adjunct Instructorof Forensic Studies and Law
    B.A., University of Notre Dame
    J.D., Emory University

    Hillary J. Michaud (2004)
    Program Coordinator, Legal Studies, and Associate Professor of Legal Studies
    B.S., Miami University of Ohio
    J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Harry M. Rifkin (2006)
    Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies
    B.A., George Washington University
    J.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Kwasi Sarfo (2007)
    Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies
    B.A., University of Ghana
    M.P.A., State University of NY at Albany
    Ph.D., State University of NY at Albany
    J.D., Widener University
    LL.M., Widener University

    Lisa M. Scarbath (2009)
    Adjunct Professor of Law
    B.A., University of Delaware
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Zhia L. Shepardson (2006)
    Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Melanie K. Snyder (2000)
    Professor of Legal Studies
    B.A., Miami University
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Jack R. Sturgill, Jr. (1996)
    Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies
    B.S., Towson University
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Harry B. Turner (1993)
    Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Joyce Zerhusen (2004)
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Studies and Legal Studies
    A.A., Community Colleges of Baltimore County
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.A., University of Baltimore

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    Part-time tuition (per credit): $495
    Fees: $125

    If you have earned an Associate's Degree from a Maryland community college, please contact us at 1-877-531-7118 to determine if you are eligible for a tuition discount.

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