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Welcome to the new Tulane School of Professional Advancement.

Our name has changed from the School of Continuing Studies but our mission has stayed the same.

Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals since 1981. The curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and that employers of legal personnel demand.

All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, giving students the benefit of real-world legal experience as well as immediate access to professional networks. In addition to acquiring substantive knowledge in the classroom through 36 credits of coursework, students gain practical experience by performing a 100-hour internship in a law firm or other legal office during their last semester of study.

Thanks to the long history and the success of its alumni, the program has broad support among legal employers.

Degree Requirements

Core Competencies Credits
English 1010 Writing or CSEN 1250 Writing 4
Select one course:
  • Math
  • PHIL 1060 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 1210 Elementary Symbolic Logic
  • BSMT 3250 Business Statistics (recommended)
  • CPST 1070 Math for Information Technology
3

Foreign Language or non-Western Culture

6-8
Supporting Requirement Credits
Oral Communications – Select one course:
  • SPEC 1400 Intro to Public Speaking
  • SPEC 3110 Small Group Communications
  • THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting
  • BSMT 2250 Business Communications
3
Distribution Requirements (at least two disciplines per category) Credits
Humanities 12
Sciences 12
Social Sciences 12
Writing Requirement Credits
Designated writing course 3-4

 

Major Requirements

Major Core Courses Credits
PARA 2010 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
PARA 3020 Legal Research 3
PARA 3030 Legal Writing* 3
PARA 3050 Litigation I 3
PARA 3060 Litigation II* 3
PARA 3070 Computers in the Law Firm** 3
Five Paralegal Courses 4000+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 15
PARA 5900 Paralegal Practicum (final semester, includes 100-hour internship requirement) 3
Minor (optional) Credits
Varies according to minor chosen  
General Electives Credits
As needed to total 120 credits  
Total 120

 

* Preceding course is a prerequisite

** Prerequisite: CPST 1000 Intro to Microcomputers or director approval