- 120 cr. hrs. BS degree
- 62 cr. hrs. AS degree
- Transfer to BS up to 90 cr. hrs.
- Transfer to AS up to 45 cr. hrs.
- Terms = 6 or 8-weeks long
- Rolling Admission Process
- 6 - 8 Start times per year.
Are you interested in a legal career with an excellent employment outlook?
The paralegal studies degree programs at Leighton University, at either the Associate's or the bachelor's levels, are a great way to break into a growing field that offers interesting work and many job opportunities. Leighton University's associate degree, or the bachelor's in Paralegal Studies is designed for working adults who want to pursue a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law, but under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals contribute as vital members of legal teams through investigative research, trial preparation, and litigation support.
PALE 340 - Healthcare Law and Compliance – 3 hour credits
This course is designed to provide paralegals with the skills necessary to assist lawyers who practice in the healthcare field. The field of healthcare law and compliance covers diverse areas: contracts, tax, antitrust, civil litigation, criminal law, and administrative law.
PALE 365 – Courts and Litigations – 3 hours credit
This course is designed to introduce the student to the federal and state court system and offer instruction in civil litigation procedures commencing from the initial client interview and file organization to the trial and any subsequent appeals. It will include instruction on procedures authorized under the code of civil procedure and special emphasis will be placed on the content and preparation of documents used in civil law suits.
PALE 221 – Tort and Personal Injury Law – 3 hours credit
A basic course in the substantive law governing compensation for injuries to property and to the person. Considered are intentional wrongs, negligence, malpractice, products liability and strict liability; invasions of personal integrity and emotional well-being; injury to tangible and intangible rights in property; liability insurance and alternatives; and damages. Other risk-bearing alternatives are considered and contrasted with the traditional common law theories.
PALE 271 Administration of Wills, Trusts, and Estates – 3 hour credits
This course will introduce the student to laws relating to estate planning, the administration of estates (both testate and intestate), and the establishment and administration of trusts. Emphasis will be placed on the practicalities of estate law including interview techniques, preparation of wills, trusts and administrative documents, and filing requirements and procedures.
PALE 201 – Fundamentals of Paralegalism – 3 hours credit
This course is designed to offer the learners a basic understanding of the various functions of the legal assistant and his/her engagement in the American legal system and to build a foundation of basic knowledge and skill development which is necessary for someone seeking a career in the paralegal/legal assistant field.
PALE 365 Courts and Litigation – 3 hour credits
This course is designed to introduce the student to the federal and state court system while offering instruction in civil litigation procedures commencing from the initial client interview through file organization to the trial any subsequent appeals. The course will also include instruction on procedures authorized under the civil procedure code. Emphasis will be placed on the content and preparation of documents prepared for civil lawsuits.
Important to Know
Paralegals are not licensed attorneys. A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.