Lakewood University

Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Paralegal Studies

Program Highlights
  • 4 Year Program
  • Accredited
  • Instructor Assistance
  • Your Own Success Coach
  • Books Included in Tuition
Overview
Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Paralegal Studies Program Description

This program is designed to prepare students to support attorneys in transactional and litigations fields by encouraging the use of the unique language of law and the application of key concepts and skills of the profession. Students will examine the role of the paralegal in the legal environment and will apply the skills of legal research, document drafting, case management, evidence gathering and litigation procedure.

Students will demonstrate skills and knowledge they can apply promptly in the workplace such as critical thinking and decision-making skills, human relations concepts and the communication skills of a well-qualified legal assistant. Students will reflect on and relate their responsibility to act in an ethical manner, honoring privacy and adhering to the best practices of the profession. Emphasis is placed on marketable skills required in the law office and valued in the legal environment. In addition, this program provides a foundation for further studies.

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What You Receive
Career Outlook
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Program Outcomes
  • Discuss the American legal system, identifying its strengths and challenges
  • Examine the role of the paralegal in the legal community and practice the skills required of a well-qualified paralegal
  • Examine the core areas of law and appreciate the scope of the field, specifically: torts, wills & trusts, civil procedure, litigation, family law, business organization & contracts, real estate, and criminal law
  • Practice the skills often asked of a paralegal: case management, legal research, discovery, docketing, drafting & analyzing documents and alternative dispute resolution
  • Demonstrate effective communication via multiple channels of exchange including oral and written
  • Utilize decision support tools in the way of math formulas, computer software, and information systems to analyze or solve problems
  • Reflect on and relate the ethical responsibility of paralegals in the legal community and appraise best practices in the field
  • Utilize reference tools/resources to prepare legal documents

Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Paralegal Studies Degree Plan

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This Degree Map is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this degree program. A course with an “*” denotes its status as a general education course.

 

Course subject and Title

Prerequisite

Credit Hours

Semester One

LUO100

Lakewood University Orientation

 

0

BUS100

Introduction to Business

 

3

PGL100

Introduction to Paralegal Studies

 

3

BSLW100

Business Law

 

3

LWMG200

Law Office Management

 

3

Semester Two

GOVT100

American Government*

 

3

ENG101

Introduction to English*

 

3

ALG200

College Algebra*

 

3

LGR200

Legal Research

 

3

Semester Three

PSY100

Introduction to Psychology*

 

3

COMM100

Interpersonal Communication*

 

3

PHL101

Introduction to Computers

 

3

SOCL100

Introduction to Sociology*

 

3

Semester Four

CRLW100

Criminal Law & Procedure

 

3

RELW100

Real Estate Law

 

3

ADR200

Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

3

LGAW200

Legal Analysis & Writing I

 

3

Semester Five

WTE200

Wills, Trust, & Estates

 

3

TRT100

Torts

 

3

CONT200

Business Ethics

 

3

BUSE200

Domestic Relations

 

3

Semester Six

EHLW300

Environment and Health law

 

3

CREG300

Corporate Regulation

 

3

PPLT300

Principles and Practice of Litigation

 

3

LGAWII300

Legal Analysis & Writing II

Legal Analysis & Writing I

3

Semester Seven

CLTL300

Copyright Law and Trademark

 

3

IACCT300

Introduction to Accounting

 

3

CNLW300

Constitutional Law

 

3

PLDC400

Pleadings and the Courts

 

3

Semester Eight

STPGL400

Special Topics in Paralegal Studies

 

3

TBD

Core Elective

 

3

TBD

Core Elective

 

3

TBD

General Elective

 

3

Semester Nine

TBD

General Elective

 

3

CILW400

Comparative International Law

 

3

TBD

Core Elective

 

3

TBD

General Elective

 

3

Semester Ten

NEGM400

Negotiation & Mediation

 

3

IPGL400

Internship in Paralegal Studies

 

3

TBD

Core Elective

 

3

TBD

General Elective

 

3

Total:          120     .

What You Receive
  • Textbooks and/or comprehensive online resources
  • Academic support by email, phone, or online
  • Personalized career guidance, including interview coaching
  • The option to celebrate your achievement and participate in our virtual graduation ceremony
Career Outlook

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects. The median annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants was $51,740 in May 2019.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (visited September 28, 2020).

Program Cost
Bachelor’s Degree Program Tuition- Full Time
Payment PlanTerm Total TuitionEnroll

Payment Plan A – 12 Credit Hours

Payment in Full: $5,052.00
(per semester)

Tuition: $5,052.00
Bachelor’s Degree Program Tuition- Part-time
Payment PlanTerm Total TuitionEnroll

Payment Plan B – 3 Credit Hours

Payment in Full: $1,263.00
(per semester)

Tuition=: $1,263.00

Add a $125.00 one-time registration and $100 technology fee each semester to each payment plan above.

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams, and instructional support at no cost to the student.

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs (first semester only)

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs (first semester only)

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term

Low-Interest Financing

Lakewood University offers affordable, low-interest payment plans. That means, unlike many other schools, you can graduate without going thousands of dollars into debt.

Low Monthly Payments

Lakewood University’s low monthly payment plans are designed to fit your budget.

Convenient Payment Methods

We make it easy for you by accepting VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. We also accept debit cards, prepaid cards, checks, and money orders. You can simply pay online, by phone, or by mail.

Military Education Benefits

We actively support the education of active duty members, their spouses, and veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Thanks to Lakewood’s low tuition, your military benefits will go a lot further. That means you can complete your education with little to no out-of-pocket costs.

Tuition Reimbursement

You may qualify for tuition reimbursement from your employer under the Employee Education Assistance Act, IRS Code, Section 127. Check with your human resources department or supervisor to see if you are eligible.

Qualifications

No one is turned down for the Monthly Payment Plans. However, Lakewood University does perform credit checks for all monthly payment applicants.

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