The UC paralegal program is part of the School of Criminal Justice located in the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH). The main goal of the program is to provide the student with a quality education in paralegal studies based in an ethical, technological and contemporary understanding of the law that is responsive to the needs of the legal community.
The courses in the program teach practical job skills in conjunction with the underlying legal theory. Classes are taught by experienced attorneys and paralegals and offer practical, hands-on legal training. The curriculum covers legal research and writing, litigation, ethics, contracts, business organizations and torts. Courses develop students' critical thinking, communication, computational, computer and organizational skills and competency to handle ethical issues. The program culminates in an experiential learning component: the practicum.
Students enrolled in the bachelor's degree programs will take a combination of general education classes along with legal specialty courses. Those in the bachelor's degree program will also choose a focus area or official minor of 18 semester credit hours. Students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program will take only legal specialty courses, since they have completed their general education requirements.
Students may begin the program at any semester and choose day or evening classes, along with some online and weekend classes. Fall semester is the preferred semester to begin; however, students can begin any semester. Not all legal courses are offered every semester or year and some are sequential. Completion of the program options vary depending on whether students attend full or part time. The bachelor's degree can be completed in four years and the certificate in one year, if the student attends full time.
To aid students in becoming ethical, competent paralegals with the analytical, interpersonal communication, and technological skills needed to succeed and excel in a diverse and ever-changing legal profession. The program teaches skills in legal research and analysis, drafting legal documents, interviewing and fact gathering where the students will have an opportunity to learn through practical application. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the legal skills necessary to assist in the legal activities of law firms, businesses, insurance companies, financial institutions, public agencies, title companies and/or government offices. Classes are offered in day and evening and may be completed on a part or full-time basis.
PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
Upon graduation from the paralegal program, students will:
Students may select from any available university minors that consist of 18 credit hours OR select 18 credit hours of coursework that has been approved by an Academic Advisor to further enhance the educational experience and knowledge base.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.