The Legal Assistant Studies degree is designed for students who wish to enter the
legal field and work toward a high quality bachelor's degree. The program is housed
in the Criminal Justice Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Legal assistants aid attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to work under the supervision of an attorney. Duties may include: conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with the clients; locate and interview witnesses; conduct investigations and statistical and documentary research; conduct legal research; draft legal documents, correspondence and pleadings; summarize depositions, interrogatories and testimony; attend executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings and trials with the attorneys. The program also welcomes students who hold a two-year degree or who have had some legal and/or college courses. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.