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2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies Minor

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College of Arts and Sciences

Paralegal Studies

These undergraduate programs are offered for career enhancement and to assist individuals in meeting entry-level requirements. They are designed to provide students with a program of concentrated studies to enhance professional skills. Two-thirds of the credits required must be earned at Rockhurst University.

In 1974 Rockhurst began one of the first paralegal programs in the United States and has conferred more than 600 certificates. Courses are designed as preparation for paralegals, legal administrators, and others who work or plan to work in law offices, the court system, corporations, government agencies, bank trust departments, and insurance claim offices. The Paralegal minor is also good preparation for students who are planning to continue their education by attending law school.

Carefully structured courses are taught by practicing attorneys and judges with expertise in specialized areas of law. Presentations by paralegal guest speakers illustrate and explain practical application skills. College graduates with specialized training in Paralegal Studies are projected to have promising career opportunities.


Minor in Paralegal Studies:

Students pursuing a degree at Rockhurst have the option of minoring in paralegal studies. This option provides students with an additional professional credential: a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. As the profession has become increasingly more recognized and diversified, paralegals with a variety of skills and backgrounds are being sought. Therefore, both the certificate and the minor in paralegal studies are complementary to a wide range of majors, as well as providing a valuable educational experience to those students who may be considering furthering their education by attending law school.


A grade of C or better is required in each upper-division course of the minor. (A grade of C- will not satisfy the requirement.) The minor must be combined with a bachelor’s degree program of study.

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