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Paralegal Studies: Bachelor of Science Degree

National American University offers both a Bachelor of Science degree and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies. A Bachelor of Science degree is offered for students who wish to prepare for increased employment responsibilities or choose to pursue graduate education. Credits earned in the Associate of Applied Science degree apply toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies.

Program Goals

The program will:

  • Prepare learners to attain university core abilities and program learning outcomes by utilizing performance-based curriculum in a caring and supportive learning environment.
  • Measure and assess student learning and implement improvements, as needed, to ensure high quality academic programs and services.
  • Prepare learners to develop plans for the pursuit of graduate studies and/or continuing professional development activities and membership in professional and community organizations.
  • Confirm that faculty members meet university qualifications guidelines, utilize effective and innovative teaching methods that promote academic excellence, and pursue opportunities for professional development.
  • Monitor the needs of the program’s community of interest and maintain the currency and relevancy of program curriculum through regular faculty and advisory committee meetings and academic program reviews.
  • Achieve and maintain program approval by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law.
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology.
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing.
  • Model professional behavior in accordance with ethical guidelines governing the conduct of attorneys and paralegals.
  • Apply legal theories to relevant facts under the supervision of an attorney.