This major is built off of an articulation agreement, a specialized agreement between a four-year university, in this case, Eastern Michigan University, and a community college. Faculty from both schools collaborated to design an agreement that facilitates the smooth transfer of course credit from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
This agreement is effective Fall 2018 - Summer 2021. Students have until Summer 2026 to graduate from Eastern Michigan University using this agreement.
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
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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 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.
A student’s eligibility to graduate from this major is determined by the following.
- Apply and be granted admission to Eastern Michigan University (emich.edu/admissions).
- Apply and be granted admission to their major (See Program Admission for specific information).
- A completed associate degree, certificate, or adequate coursework. Students eligible to follow an articulation agreement typically transfer 60 credit hours to EMU. Eligible students who transferred in less than 60 credit hours had unique circumstances and were granted permission to follow the articulation agreement, by the Director of Community College Relations (emich.edu/ccr).
Interested students should meet with their community college advisor for information on the articulation agreement before transferring to EMU. After transferring to EMU, a student must consult with the Community College Relations Office to confirm eligibility.
Students who wish to pursue this major 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 are due by Dec. 1 of the preceding fall term. Applications for a fall term are due by April 1 of the preceding winter term.
Program admission criteria are:
- Admission to the University as an undergraduate degree candidate (Undergraduate Admissions).
- Completion of WRTG 121 (or satisfy with ENG 112 - College Composition II @ Delta) with a grade of “B” or higher.
- Completion of LEGL 211 (or satisfy with LSP 115 - Principles of Substantive Law @ Delta) with a grade of “B-” or higher.
- Completion of LEGL 304W or satisfy with a grade of “C+” or higher.
- 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, students are required to:
- Complete each program core “LEGL” course with a minimum grade of C.
If a student earns lower than a C in any program core course, 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. Please note LEGL 211 (“B-“) and LEGL 304W (“C+”) require a higher minimum grade
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (See note below)
- Maintain a GPA within the major of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (See note below)
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.
General Education Requirements:
A student with a Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement on their transcript only needs to complete the General Education Application Requirements of
To use MTA, a student must have an official community college transcript, with the “MTA Satisfied” endorsement sent to EMU’s Admissions Office. The MTA may be completed after admission to EMU, however, students should inform their advisor or they may be advised to complete additional courses for the general education program.
Students who do not have “MTA Satisfied” on their community college transcript, will be required to satisfy EMU’s general education requirements as applied to transfer students. For specific General Education requirements, see General Education or view the General Education Worksheet [PDF] .
Major Requirements: 75 hours
All requirements must be met, as listed below.
Required Foundational Courses: 6 hours
Required Courses: 36 hours
Business & Information Processing Courses: 15 hours
Restricted Elective Courses: 18 hours
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above. If sufficient credits hours are not transferred in, additional EMU credits must be completed to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required to graduate.
Critical Graduation Information
This Articulation Agreement provides the following exceptions:
- Under this agreement, EMU will waive the 60-hour rule and require that a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed in EMU courses, 15 hours of which must be in program requirements at the 300-level or above. Of the last 30 hours completed before graduating, a minimum of 10 credit hours must be in courses offered by EMU.
- LSP 110W - Legal Ethics and Responsibilities (eq. LEGL 000), LSP 120 - Legal Research (eq. LEGL 000), LSP 150 - Real Estate Law (eq LEGL 000), LSP 220 - Environmental Law (eq. LEGL 000), LSP 235 - Criminal Law and Procedure (eq. CRM 000), LSP 250 - Corporate Law (eq. LEGL 000), LSP 253 - Bankruptcy Law (eq. LEGL 000), LSP 260 - Legal Support Internship (eq. LEGL 000), LSP 280W - Legal Writing (eq. LEGL 000), and MGT 252 - Business Law II (eq. LAW 000) may be used to satisfy “Restricted Electives” requirements.
Students are required to satisfy all requirements listed below, not waived or modified above
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements (or their equivalents) of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
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 this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
- Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
- At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s 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. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the 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 over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 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 than 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; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used to calculate an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (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 similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
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.