Nov 13, 2019  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Paralegal Major

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The paralegal major focuses on the skills necessary for the graduate to work under the supervision and direction of an attorney with the understanding that the practice of law by lay persons is strictly prohibited. Students get inside the law and develop skills including proficiency in legal research, writing and analysis, drafting legal instruments and pleadings, interviewing clients and witnesses, doing discovery, preparing for trial and using computer-assisted research tools. Employment opportunities are excellent in law firms, corporations, banks, human resource offices, hospitals, state and federal governments and court systems. This major offers professional training and lays a foundation for a career in the legal field. It also qualifies as a pre-law major. This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

For students who have earned a prior degree, the paralegal major can be pursued through a second bachelor’s degree. The completion of 50 hours of study is required for the second bachelor’s degree. These 50 hours must include the required courses and the business and information processing core. The remaining hours are to be selected from either restricted University elective courses or University elective courses.

An active articulation agreement exists between this program and several community colleges. To see a complete list of current colleges with program articulation agreements with EMU, please click here.

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Secondary Admission and Retention Policy

Students who wish to be Paralegal (Legal Assistant) Studies Program majors must apply for admission to the program. Students may be admitted to the program in the fall or winter terms. Applications for a winter term will be due by Dec. 1 of the preceding fall term. Applications for a fall term will be due by April 1 of the preceding winter term.

Program Admission

Program admission criteria are:

  1. Admission to the University as an undergraduate or second bachelor’s degree candidate;
  2. * Completion of ENGL 121  with a grade of B or higher;
  3. Completion of LEGL 211 - Introduction to the Legal System , with a grade of B- or higher;
  4. Completion of LEGL 304W - Legal Writing, Research and Analysis I  with a grade of C+ or higher; and
  5. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Students satisfying these criteria are eligible to apply for admission to the program, but admission is not guaranteed.

Program Retention Policy

In addition to secondary admission requirements, program majors will be required to:

  1. Complete each program core course (e.g., all courses having a LEGL prefix [except LEGL 211  and LEGL 304W  — see above]), with a minimum grade of C;
  2. ** Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  3. ** Maintain a GPA within the major of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale


 * Students applying for admission to the program as second bachelor’s degree candidates must present evidence of having completed an acceptable college-level English composition course with a grade of B or higher. A remedial English composition or writing course is not an acceptable college-level English composition course.

 **  A student whose cumulative GPA or cumulative major GPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on program probation for the next succeeding term. If the student fails to raise his or her cumulative GPA, cumulative major GPA or both to 2.5 or higher with the grades earned during the probationary term, the student will be dismissed from the program. For purposes of this policy, a student who is placed on program probation as the result of a deficient GPA at the close of a winter term will have until the close of the next fall term to raise his or her GPA to 2.5 or higher. If a student earns lower than a C in any program core course (except LEGL 211  and LEGL 304W  — see above), the student will be allowed to repeat the course twice. If the student fails to earn a C or better in the repeated courses, the student will be dismissed from the program.

School Information:

School of Technology and Professional Services Management - College of Technology

Pam Becker, Ph.D., School Director

122 Sill Hall
(734) 487-1161

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Additional Requirements: 6 hours

Major Requirements: 69-72 hours

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Select one option from the following:


* This course meets the “Quantitative Reasoning” requirement.

** These courses meet the “Learning Beyond the Classroom” requirement.

*** LEGL 304W  meets the writing intensive requirement.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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