Program Description:

The Paralegal program was planned with assistance from the West Virginia State Bar and a program advisory committee consisting of attorneys and legal assistants. The program has been granted approval by the American Bar Association.  

The program offers the Associate in Applied Science degree graduates the opportunity to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Legal Studies from Marshall University’s College of Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice Department.

Upon completion of the Paralegal Associate in Applied Science Degree, the graduate will be able to:

•   Exhibit knowledge of legal terminology to communicate with attorneys, peers, managers, and other professionals
•   Develop specific skills in those areas of law practice in which legal assistants customarily function
•   Assist attorneys with client interviews, legal research, preparation of documents and pleadings for trial and other professional   activities normally undertaken by paraprofessionals to assist with the practice of law
•   Exhibit knowledge of appropriate ethical behavior for legal assistants

A paralegal is a highly skilled paraprofessional with specialized training who works under the direct supervision of an attorney. Job responsibilities require knowledge of law and legal procedures in rendering direct assistance to lawyers and clients. Tasks may include interviewing, case investigation, the preparation of pleadings, and legal research. The increasing complexities of the legal assistant’s work environment have also created the need for individuals who possess skills including interpersonal, communication, analytical, decision-making, customer service, and computer skills. Paralegals cannot provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

REQUIRED COURSES1 for the Academic Year 2014-2015
(Suggested Sequence)


Course Course Title Hours
AT 136
IT 101
Introduction to Word Processing
Fundamentals of Computers (EDGE)
ENL 111 Written Communication2 3
LAW 101 General Law I3 3
LAW 103 Legal Assisting3,4 3
LAW 104 Legal Ethics4 1
  Mathematics Requirement5 3
COM 112
COM 125
Oral Communication3
Interpersonal Communication3
ENL 115 Written Communication II6 3
LAW 102 General Law II7 3
LAW 213 Comp. Apps. To Law8 3
  Social Science Elective9 3
LAW 211 Legal Research and Writing I3 3
LAW 235 Civil Litigation3,11 3
LAW 240 Criminal Litigation3  
  LAW Elective3,12 3
  Science, Humanities, or Language Elective13 3
LAW 212 Legal Research and Writing II3,14 3
LAW 290 Internship3,15 3
  LAW Elective3,12 3
  LAW Elective3,12 3
  Science, Humanitties, or Language Elective13 3


1 The College of Liberal Arts, Marshall University, Criminal Justice Program permits students possessing an Associate :Degree in Paralegal from Mountwest Community & Technical College to apply designated credits toward a baccalaureate degree in :Criminal Justice/Legal Studies. Students interested in pursuing the Paralegal/Legal Studies Degree programs should contact the Chair of the Criminal Justice Department for information concerning the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts to assure timely completion.
2 ENL 111 has a prerequisite of ENL 095, or placement in 100-level English, and REA 098, or placement in 100-level Reading.
3 Students are required to make a “C” or better in each LAW course before graduating from the program.
4 COM 112, COM 125, LAW 101, 103, 213 and COM 125 has a prerequisite of REA 098, or placement in 100-level Reading.
5 LAW 103 and LAW 104 are co-requisites.
6 Select any 100-level or higher mathematics course.
7 ENL 115 has a prerequisite of ENL 111.
8 LAW 102 has a prerequisite of LAW 101.
9 LAW 213 has a prerequisite of AT 136 or IT 101.
10 Select any 100-level course in economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or other approved social science course.
11 LAW 211,235 and 240 have a prerequisite of LAW 102.
12 Recommended Electives: LAW 110, LAW 225, LAW 231, LAW 240, LAW 244, LAW 248, LAW 250, LAW 290 or any CJS course 100-level or above.
13 Select any 100-level or higher science, humanities, or language course.
14 LAW 212 has a prerequisite of LAW 211.
15 LAW 290 has a prerequisite of permission by program coordinator.

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