Start an exciting career alongside top legal minds.
Success as a paralegal (legal assistant) requires extensive knowledge and expertise, qualifying you to do extensive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. At Lewis, you will learn the precise judicial practices and real-world ethical applications for success as a paralegal - along with a deep knowledge of ethics and the legal system for future success in any industry.
The Paralegal Studies Program prepares students to work as paralegals (sometimes referred to as legal assistants). Graduates will be knowledgeable about and have expertise in the operation of the legal system, substantive laws and legal procedures. Paralegals may perform functions delegated by an attorney, such as conducting interviews with clients and witnesses, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. Paralegals are typically employed by lawyers, law offices, corporations, or governmental agencies. (Paralegals may not perform attorney functions, such as providing legal advice or representing a client in court.)
This program is housed in the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies. It is offered in both sixteen-week traditional format and in an eight-week accelerated format (for students 24 years and older). All Paralegal core courses offered at Lewis University include instruction in substantive law or legal procedures or processes, have been developed specifically for paralegals, and emphasize practical paralegal skills. All applicants are reviewed by the Program Director and Chair of the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.
Law School Preparation
- Experienced faculty with real-world understanding and connections
- Evolving curriculum provides you with ultra-practical and career-focused knowledge
- Small class sizes facilitate group interaction and a dynamic learning environment
- Research-based curriculum provides practical preparation for real-world application
- Ethical framework for understanding how moral judicial practices affect real-world decisions
- Deep understanding of Federal, State and local rules of court
- Develop interviewing, writing, research and communication skills and best practices
- Training in Judicial Council form and filing procedures
If you have future aspirations for a career in law, as a graduate of the Paralegal Studies program, you have a distinct advantage with knowledge on legal research, legal writing, procedures and contracts - all requirements for law school.
Adult Accelerated Option
Designed specifically for the convenience of working adults, we offer an accelerated program to fast-track your degree.
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- Associates degree or equivalent college credit (12 credit hours)
- Be at least 24 years of age
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended (2.0/4.0 GPA)