Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies | Kent State University

Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies targets:

Incoming Freshmen - High school seniors interested in paralegal work are encouraged to apply.

Transfer Students - Paralegal students transferring to Kent State will deepen
and broaden their education experience. They can focus on both traditional studies and a unique area of interest.

Pre-Med Students - Students who do not receive a B+ in Organic Chemistry, or score below a 20 on the MCAT may want to consider the Joint B.A. in Paralegal Studies/B.A. in Biology program.

Curriculum for B.A. in Paralegal Studies

Category I: Must Complete all of the Following Legal Specialty Courses: 18 Hours

  • PLST 18000 Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Professional Ethics (3)
  • PLST 28001 Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • PLST 28004 Principles and Practice of Litigation (3)
  • PLST 38006 Applied Legal Research and Litigation (3)
  • PLST 36792 Internship in Paralegal Studies*

*6 credit hours of internship required, may be taken for up to 12; see program director.

Category II: Must Complete Eight Courses from the Following: 24 Hours

  • PLST 28003 Family Law and Procedure (3)
  • PLST 28007 Estate and Probate Administration (3)
  • PLST 35001 Environmental Law (3)
  • PLST 35003 Health Law (3)
  • PLST 35005 Labor and Employment Law (3)
  • PLST 35007 Energy and Natural Resources Law (3)
  • PLST 38002 Contract Law (3)
  • PLST 38003 Administrative Law and Process (3)
  • PLST 38005 Tort Law (3)
  • PLST 48300 Law of Corporations & Other Associations (3)
  • PLST 48401 Patent Law (3)
  • PLST 48403 Patent Prosecution (2)
  • PLST 48404 Copyright Law: Basics, Ownership Rights and Liability (3)
  • PLST 48407 Trademark Law (3)

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS= 42  

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Kent Core Foreign Language 14-18
  • Kent Core Additional 6
  • Kent Core Basic Sciences 9-10
  • Kent Core Composition 6-8
  • Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 9
  • Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  • Kent Core Social Sciences 9
  • General Electives (upper division) 16

TOTAL DEGREE HOURS= 121 (minimum)