Revised Program | Fall 2017
A 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 (paralegals cannot practice law). 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. Click here to watch a short video about this program.
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 laypersons 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. Students have clinical or internship experiences during their degree program, which enables them to complete the program with work experience on a resume. Only EMU Paralegal Studies Program students have the amazing and unique opportunity to work in the Washtenaw County-EMU Legal Resource Center (“LRC”) located in Ann Arbor.
Articulation Agreement | An articulation agreement exists between this program and at least one community college. To see a current list of program articulation agreements, please click here.