The General Legal Studies program at Tulane School of Professional Advancement prepares students for fulfilling careers as efficient, effective, and ethical professionals. Some of our graduates work as paralegals, assisting attorneys in law firms, courts, corporations, government agencies, and other legal offices. Other graduates of our program go on to law school and become attorneys themselves. Whatever your chosen path, we are here to assist you in achieving your goals.
The General Legal Studies Bachelor of Arts degree and Paralegal Certificate, along with the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies, were approved by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals in the 1980s, making ours the oldest ABA-approved program in the region. Our general legal studies curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and legal employers demand. Read our course descriptions to get an in-depth look at the program.
If you already have earned a bachelor’s degree and are returning to school to advance your current career or retool for the next phase of your life, our Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Paralegal Studies may be the perfect choice for you. The Paralegal PBC curriculum focuses solely upon legal and paralegal courses and requires just 27 credits (9 classes) for completion. Most students finish the PBC within one year.
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The program also offers a Minor in General Legal Studies, which is not approved by the ABA and does not award a Paralegal Certificate upon completion.
Our Program Faculty is composed entirely of 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 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 our alumni, the program has broad support among legal employers, giving graduates access to a robust network of potential employers.
Our coursework is designed to accommodate busy, working adults who are returning to school. Classes are available both online and in person at our New Orleans campuses. Whether you wish to work as a paralegal or to apply to law school after graduation, Tulane School of Professional Advancement can prepare you for your next career.
NOTE: 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.