School of Multidisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities
- In person
- Kent Campus
The Paralegal Studies minor provides the foundation for students to pursue the paralegal field. A paralegal is employed by a law office, corporate legal department or public entity to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a lawyer. Paralegals conduct legal research, maintain and organize files and draft legal documents. Paralegals also work with clients and witnesses in preparing cases for trial.
The program prepares students for the Certified Paralegal exam from the National Association of Legal Assistants. A paralegal is not a lawyer and may not give legal advice, accept cases, argue in court or set fees.
For more information, visit the Paralegal Studies office located in 113 Bowman Hall (Kent Campus); 330-672-4148; www.kent.edu/paralegal.
The Paralegal Studies minor is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Admission to a minor is open to students declared in a bachelor’s degree, the A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree (not Individualized Program major). Students declared only in the A.A. or A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree in Individualized Program may not declare a minor. Students may not pursue a minor and a major in the same discipline.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Analyze a legal problem as well as identify and evaluate alternative solutions.
- Formulate logical solutions to problems and construct logical arguments in support of specific positions as well as evaluate solutions and arguments.
- Determine which areas of law are relevant to a particular situation.
- Apply principles of professional ethics to specific factual situations.
- Identify interrelationships among cases, statutes, regulations, and other legal authorities.
- Apply recognized legal authority to a specific factual situation.
- Analyze factual situations to determine when it is appropriate to apply exceptions to general legal rules.
- Apply exceptions to general legal rules.
- Distinguish evidentiary facts from other material and/or controlling facts.
- Identify factual omissions and inconsistencies.
|PLST 18000||INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS||3|
|PLST 28001||LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING||3|
|PLST 28004||PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF LITIGATION||3|
|PLST 36792||INTERNSHIP IN PARALEGAL (ELR)||3|
|Minor Electives, choose from the following: 1||18|
|FAMILY LAW AND PROCEDURE|
|ESTATE AND PROBATE ADMINISTRATION|
|ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR PARALEGALS|
|LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR PARALEGALS|
|ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAW|
|ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND PROCESS|
|APPLIED LEGAL RESEARCH AND LITIGATION (WIC)|
|EVIDENCE AND E-DISCOVERY|
|BANKRUPTCY LAW I: BASIC FUNDAMENTALS|
|BANKRUPTCY LAW II: CREDITOR-DEBTOR RELATIONS|
|REAL ESTATE LAW|
|LAW OF CORPORATIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS|
|COPYRIGHT LAW I|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||30|
Minimum 6 credit hours of the electives must be upper-division (30000 or 40000 level).
|Minimum Minor GPA||Minimum Overall GPA|
- Students must complete at least two upper-division (30000 or 40000 level) courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F).
- Minimum 6 credit hours in the minor must be upper-division coursework (30000 and 40000 level).
- Minimum 6 credit hours in the minor must be outside of the course requirements for any major or other minor the student is pursuing.
- Minimum 50 percent of the total credit hours for the minor must be taken at Kent State (in residence).