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
  • PAR201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3)
  • PAR301 Legal Research and Writing (4) - 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/BA304 Contract Law (3)
    • PAR/BA305 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)
    • 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.



Recommended 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

  1. A minimum grade of B earned in CMP101
  2. A minimum grade of C in PAR201
  3. Successful completion of: ACC225; PSC230
  4. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 or better in ACC225; CMP101; PAR201; PSC230 
  5. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better
  6. Submission of an application essay
  7. Attendance at the orientation seminar

Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of B in CMP101 and a minimum grade of C in PAR201
  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.

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