The legal studies curriculum, approved by the American Bar Association, prepares students for careers as paralegals by combining a liberal arts education with skills necessary for those interested in law-related employment.
Many of our current students are considering attending law school, and are using the major as a way to determine if this is the best career for them. Additionally, graduates often work in law offices before attending law school.
A paralegal performs specifically delegated substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. While paralegals may not give legal advice to clients or appear in court on their behalf, these highly skilled professionals perform a wide range of tasks and play an integral role in the delivery of legal services.
The program is planned and taught by lawyers to provide students with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the legal system. The education focuses on particular core areas of the law and on developing specific legal research, writing, and critical thinking skills, all within a framework of the ethical and statutory constraints confronting the paralegal profession.
Through the legal studies internship, students are able to integrate their class work with practical office experience. It is by this combination of theoretical class work with real-world experience, along with exposure to the traditional liberal arts and business courses of Quinnipiac (including a minor in a related area of study), that legal studies graduates are prepared for a broad range of professional opportunities.
Our graduates work as paralegals in the public and private sector and in other law-related positions. Other graduates have continued their education and become attorneys, teachers and business owners.