Gain the skills for a legal career that's ethical and effective.
With a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies, you will be prepared to move into one of the fastest growing careers in the legal field: Paralegal. The program highlights personal development, the cultivation of academic abilities and the exploration of a coherent, integrated body of knowledge drawn from the legal curriculum. Coupled with the liberal arts education, the program also provides students with the ethical, analytical, oral and written communication skills necessary to be successful in law school and beyond.
Thinking about law school? Complete three years of study at Ursuline, followed by three years in a partner law school to earn your bachelor’s and law degrees in six years rather than seven. You’ll launch your legal career sooner, for a faster return on investment.
American Bar Association Approved
Ursuline’s Legal Studies program is the only BA degree program in the Greater Cleveland area that is approved by the American Bar Association.
Increased litigation and the demand for accessible, specialized legal services have made the paralegal profession one of the fastest growing careers. In fact, Cleveland is the 10th best market for legal professionals in the United States.
Paralegals handle many duties that attorneys once handled: drafting documents, communicating with clients, corresponding with opposing counsel, managing investigations, and more. As a paralegal, you won’t be able to give legal advice, but you will have the chance to rise into management positions, free-lance, and do meaningful work in a variety of industries. Paralegals can be employed in various law office practice areas, insurance companies, hospitals, banks, title firms, and governmental agencies.
Nearly all graduates of Ursuline’s legal studies program are working in the legal field, and many have been promoted to positions of greater authority. Many others have continued on to law school and are employed as successful attorneys and judges.
Paralegals may not give legal advice, sign court pleadings or represent a client in court. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.