Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Legal Assistant Studies

Examples of the outcomes for the B.A. degree with a major in Legal Assistant Studies include the following:

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. To prepare students to conduct legal research and apply it in a form and manner that will enable them to support the legal system.
  2. To comprehend and make informed decisions regarding the ethical dilemmas of their profession, in order to understand the cultural values they must serve in the performance of their responsibilities.
  3. To understand the American legal system in the manner necessary to enable them to function within that system and support its mission of service to society.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

The American Bar Association guidelines establish that evaluation of the program should include efforts to measure the extent to which students are able to secure suitable positions of employment; a determination of how effectively students perform those duties related to their program of instruction; and the responses of students completing the program concerning the effectiveness of their training and its relevance to the duties actually performed.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Legal Assistant Studies

Core Curriculum 60
Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum) 42
Core Curriculum Area F (Courses appropriate to the major)
Introduction to Paralegalism
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Logic and Argumentation
Foreign Language and Culture
Human Communication
If a language course or PHIL 2020 is taken to meet an Area C requirement, then COMM 1100 must be taken to meet the Area F requirement of 18 hours.
Senior College Curriculum60
LEAS 3200Legal Research I3
LEAS 4800Legal Assistant Studies Capstone3
LEAS 4900Internship in Legal Assistant Studies3
LEAS 3201Legal Research II3
LEAS courses numbered 3000 or above 15
ACED 2400Computer Technology for the Workplace3
ENGL 3030Writing for the Legal and Social Science Professions3
Area of Concentration and/or Elective Courses (must include 12 hours of courses numbered 3000 or above, with 9 hours in a related field outside of Legal Assistant Studies) 27
Total hours required for the degree120