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Bachelor of Arts in General Legal Studies with a certificate in Paralegal Studies

The general legal studies bachelor’s degree and paralegal certificate program at Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement is tailored for students are seeking to advance in their existing careers or wish to acquire real-world legal experience before applying to law school. Our BA degree and paralegal certificate program has been approved by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals since 1981, making ours the oldest ABA-approved program in the region.

Our General Legal Studies BA and paralegal certificate curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and legal employers demand. The degree and certificate require 120 credits for completion, including 36 credits in the major. Coursework begins with core skills classes that emphasize legal research, writing, and analysis, along with law office technology and other practical aspects of the legal profession. In ensuing semesters, upper-level electives allow you to explore important areas of substantive law. Finally, the practicum course, with its 100-hour law office internship and classroom component, allows students to apply their skills in a professional setting while developing job search skills in the classroom.

Read our course descriptions for an in-depth look at our curriculum. All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, giving our students immediate and direct access to the professional networks so crucial to employment.

Who Should Pursue the Bachelor of Arts in General Legal Studies and Paralegal Certificate?

The BA degree in general legal studies is the ideal choice for a student who is considering law school or wishes to pursue a legal career in an administrative capacity. For students whose plans include law school, our curriculum provides invaluable background knowledge regarding court systems, legal concepts, and practices.

With a flexible course schedule that includes evening and online options, the General Legal Studies program is convenient for both working adults and traditional students. To ensure compliance with ABA requirements, all students must complete at least 4 GLSP classes (12 credits) via in-person or synchronous transmission format.

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Careers in General Legal Studies

Thanks to our long history and the success of our alumni, the program enjoys broad support in the legal community, giving our graduates access to a robust network of potential employers. Graduates of our program are employed across the region, pursing fulfilling careers as paralegals, office managers, human resource professionals, court clerks, investigators, contract administrators, insurance adjusters, and a variety of other positions.

Connect with us today. Fill out our information request form to learn if the general legal studies bachelor’s degree program is right for you.

Paralegals are trained professionals who work under the supervision of licensed attorneys. Paralegals are not lawyers and are not permitted to practice law or to provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Tulane’s General Legal Studies Program does not accept the transfer of credits for paralegal courses completed at paralegal programs that were not approved by ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals at the time the courses were taken.


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Degree Requirements

Core Competencies

ENGL 1010 Writing 4
  Select one course: 3
PHIL 1060 Critical Thinking  
PHIL 1210 Elementary Symbolic Logic  
BSMT 3250 Business Statistics (recommended)  
CPST 1070 Math for Information Technology  
  Foreign Language or non-Western Culture 6-8

Supporting Requirement

  Oral Communications—Select one course: 3
SPEC 1400 Intro to Public Speaking  
SPEC 3110 Small Group Communications  
THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting  
BSMT 2250 Business Communications  

Distribution Requirements (at least two disciplines per category)

  Humanities 12
  Sciences 12
  Social Sciences 12

Writing Requirement

  Designated writing course 3-4


Major Requirements

Major Core Courses

  To ensure compliance with ABA requirements, all students must complete at least 12 credits of GLSP coursework (four GLSP classes) via in-person or synchronous transmission format.  
GLSP 2010 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
GLSP 3020 Legal Research 3
GLSP 3030 Legal Writing* 3
GLSP 3050 Litigation I 3
GLSP 3060 Litigation II* 3
GLSP 3070 Computers in the Law Firm** 3
  Five GLSP 4000+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 15
GLSP 5900 Paralegal Practicum (final semester, includes 100-hour internship requirement) 3

Minor (optional)

  Varies according to minor chosen  

General Electives

  As needed to total 120 credits  
  Total 120


* Preceding course is a prerequisite

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