Mission and Outcomes

The mission of the University’s Legal Studies Program is to educate students to understand the role and function of law in our society, to understand and apply fundamental principles of law through a hands-on learning approach, and to apply critical thinking, ethical conduct, and respect for others and the rule of law in a global society.

The University’s American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies program options also seek to prepare students to become paralegals with the knowledge, values, and skills to perform effectively as professionals working under the supervision of attorneys in various legal environments.

  • Students understand the structure and functions of the American legal system, including governmental structure, the court system and alternative methods of dispute resolution, and recognize the role of law and democratic principles in our society.
  • Students can communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Students demonstrate analytic and critical thinking, including using legal reasoning in the application of basic legal principles to fact situations and the ability to read cases with understanding and apply case law to legal problems.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of basic legal principles and core substantive and procedural laws.
  • Students can conduct literature-based and legal research using library materials as well as computer assisted research programs to produce reports.
  • Students understand professional rules of conduct and demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to work effectively as team members.
  • Students demonstrate respect for cultural diversity and the ability to interact productively with persons from diverse backgrounds.
  • Students obtain employment in a legal or law-related setting or acceptance in a graduate course of study in law, legal studies, conflict management, public policy, public service, or other related course of study.

Additional Paralegal Concentration Program Outcomes:

  • Students can conduct factual investigations, including accessing documentary information and materials and interviewing clients and witnesses.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the role of paralegals in various legal settings and the special concerns and skills involved in such settings, including case and time management, client relations, and working with attorney supervisors.