Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

I. MAJOR: 43 CREDITS:

  • ACC225 Financial Accounting (3) – CT
  • BA202 Professional Branding and Sustainability (1)
  • PAR210 Law for Society (3) – CR; CI
  • PAR301 Legal Research and Writing (3) – WI
  • PAR302 Law Office Computer Technology (3)
  • PAR303 Litigation (3)
  • PAR410 Advanced Research and Writing (3) – WI
  • PAR450 Paralegal Internship (3)
  • PAR460 Paralegal Studies Senior Project (3) – CT; ILIT; RP; WI
  • PSC230 U.S. Judicial Process (3) – CR
  • PARALEGAL STUDIES ELECTIVES: SELECT 15 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

    • PAR 240 Introduction to Legal Skills for General Practice (3)
    • PAR250 Paralegal Clinic (3) – SL
    • PAR/BA304 Contract Law (3)
    • PAR/BA305 Real Property Law (3)
    • PAR306 Tort Law (3)
    • PAR307 The Criminal Trial (3)
    • PAR308 Family Law (3)
    • PAR340 Legal Communication (3) – WI
    • PAR401 Elder & Estates Law (3)
    • PAR402 Environmental Law (3)
    • PAR/BA403 Business and Corporate Law (3)
    • PAR404 Intellectual Property (3)
    • PAR405 Immigration Law (3)
    • PAR/BA406 Bankruptcy Law (3)
    • PAR408 Administrative Law (3)
    • PAR409 Advanced Litigation (3)

II. CORE: 45 CREDITS:

    • CMP101 English Composition (3) – CS; ILIT; WI
    • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
    • Core Electives: 39 credits: See below for a listing of recommended courses.

III. FREE ELECTIVES: 33 CREDITS:

Courses may not be taken in the major. Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency. See below for a listing of recommended courses.

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 121 CREDITS

Recommended Electives

  • CORE ELECTIVES: The following courses are recommended as options to fulfill core curriculum requirements.

    • BA211 Effective Business Communications (3) – WI
    • BA221 The Environment and the Law (3) – CT
    • BA405 Legal Issues in Sport Management (3) – CT
    • CA205 Oral and Visual Communication (3) – CS; WI
    • CMP217 Principles of Rhetoric: Argument and Persuasion (3) – CS; CT;WI
    • CMP311 Advanced English Composition (3) – CS; ILIT; WI
    • ECO213 Economics of Inequality (3) – CT
    • FRE105-106 Intermediate French for Professional Communication I-II (3/3) – CS
    • PHI113 Critical Thinking with Google (3) – CT
    • PHI309 The Holocaust (3) – ME
    • PHI322 Philosophy of Law (3) – ME
    • PSY219 The Psychology of Mental Illness (3) – CT
    • PSY306 Forensic Psychology (3) – CT
    • SPA105-106 Intermediate Spanish for Professional Communication (3/3) – CS
  • FREE ELECTIVES: The following courses, as well as the recommended Core Electives referenced above, are recommended as options to fulfill free electives:
    • BA210 Legal Environment of Business (3)
    • BA211 Effective Business Communications (3) – WI
    • BA350/351 Business Law I/II (3/3)
    • BA420 Legal Aspects of International Transactions (3)
    • CMP301 Professional Writing (3)
    • CMP302 Technical Writing (3) – WI
    • FIN325 Corporate Finance (3)
    • PSY210 Social Psychology (3)
    • PSY304 Counseling and Interviewing (3)
    • SOC243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3)

Transfer of Paralegal Studies Courses

A maximum of 25% of paralegal studies credits may be transferred from other institutions to meet degree requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of B in CMP101 and a minimum grade of C in PAR210
  2. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 in courses in the major
  4. Successful completion of all required Paralegal Studies courses
  5. Completion of any portfolio requirements

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequences for the BS, Paralegal Studies, from the Paralegal Studies web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web pages.

* Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.