Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
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: 42 credits:
- ACC225 Financial Accounting (3) – CT
- HP103 Introductory Colloquium (2)
- PAR201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3)
- PAR301 Legal Research and Writing (4)
- PAR302 Law Office Computer Technology (3)
- PAR303 Litigation (3)
- PSC230 U.S. Judicial Process (3) - CR
Paralegal Studies Electives: Select 21 credits from the following:
- PAR304 Contract Law (3)
- PAR305 Real Property Law (3)
- PAR306 Tort Law (3)
- PAR307 Criminal Law and Procedure (3)
- PAR308 Family Law (3)
- PAR401 Elder & Estates Law (3)
- PAR402 Environmental Law (3)
- PAR403 Business and Corporate Law (3)
- PAR404 Intellectual Property (3)
- PAR405 Immigration Law (3)
- PAR406 Bankruptcy Law (3)
- PAR408 Administrative Law (3)
- PAR409 Advanced Litigation (3)
- PAR410 Advanced Research and Writing (3)
- PAR450 Internship (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 = 120 CREDITS
Internship/Career Field Experience
Although not required, students have the option of completing PAR450 Internship (3).
Students are also strongly encouraged to complete CFE97 Career Preparation Seminar and 3 credits of Career Field Experience from their free electives.
- CORE ELECTIVES: The following courses are recommended as options to fulfill core curriculum requirements.
- NOTE: History and Political Science department course offerings have changed course prefix/designation to the following: HP (formerly HG): History & Political Science courses; HST (formerly HIS): History courses; PSC (formerly GVT): Political Science courses.
- BA221 The Environment and the Law (3) - CT; BA405 Legal Issues in Sport Management (3) - CT; CA205 Oral and Visual Communication (3) - CS; WI; CMP311 Advanced English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI; FRE105-106 Intermediate French for Professional Communication I-II (3/3) - CS; HST220 American History to 1877 (3) - CI; HST221 American History from 1877 to the Present (3) - CI; PHI322 Philosophy of Law (3) - ME; PSC117 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) - CI; PSC223 Political and Civil Rights in the United States (3) - ME; PSC305 American Constitutional Law (3) - CI; PSC350 Political Argumentation and Debate (3) - CS; PSY223 Forensic Psychology (3) - CT; PSY408 The Psychology of Mental Illness (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); CA221 Human Communication (3); CMP301 Professional Writing (3); ECO/FIN409 Money and Banking (3); FIN325 Corporate Finance (3); HSM302 Health and Administrative Law (3); PSY304 Counseling and Interviewing (3); PSY310 Social Psychology (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.
Admission to Upper Division Requirements
- A minimum grade of B earned in CMP101
- A minimum grade of C in PAR201
- Successful completion of: ACC225; HP103; PSC230
- An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 or better in ACC225; CMP101; PAR201; PSC230
- An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better
- Submission of an application essay
- Attendance at the orientation seminar
- A minimum grade of B in CMP101 and a minimum grade of C in PAR201
- An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 in courses in the major
- Successful completion of all required Paralegal Studies courses
- Completion of any portfolio requirements
Suggested Course Sequence
Access the suggested course sequences for the BS, Paralegal Studies, from the History & Government web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar's web pages.