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General Legal Studies Program & Degrees

Tulane’s General Legal Studies Program prepares students for fulfilling careers as efficient, effective, and ethical professionals. Paralegals assist attorneys in law firms, courts, corporations, government agencies, and other legal offices. Some graduates of the program go on to law school to continue their studies and become lawyers.

The Bachelor and Associate of Arts degrees in General Legal Studies and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies were approved by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals in the 1980s, making it the oldest ABA-approved program in the region. The curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and legal employers demand. 

All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, giving students the benefit of real-world legal experience and immediate access to the professional networks that enhance career success.  In addition to acquiring substantive knowledge in the classroom, students in their last semester have the opportunity to apply their new knowledge and skills and gain practical experience by performing a 100-hour internship in a law firm or other legal office.

Thanks to the long history and the success of alumni, the Program has broad support among legal employers, allowing students and graduate access to a strong network of potential employers.

The program also offers a Minor in Paralegal Studies, though it is not approved by the ABA.