BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PARALEGAL STUDIES
The growing demand for legal services has placed great stress on attorneys to provide efficient and effective legal assistance. Paralegals--who, as nonlawyers, are legally restricted from practicing law--assist attorneys in meeting this demand and aid in delivering legal services more efficiently and economically.
As the paralegal field continues to grow, the demand for paralegals remains high. Career opportunities for paralegals exist in private law firms, government offices, and businesses such as banks, corporations, and insurance companies. Law libraries, paralegal education, and freelance paralegal work provide additional career opportunities for paralegals.
The mission of the Paralegal Studies program is to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts education, including the legal terminology, concepts, and skills necessary to function effectively in the legal profession, whether in a private law firm, business, or government environment.
*Paralegal many not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law.
LEGAL SPECIALTY TRANSFER POLICY
A student may obtain advanced standing for legal specialty courses through the transfer of credits from other academic institutions if that program is ABA-approved, regionally accredited and otherwise meets the standards established by the University of Southern Mississippi. However, a minimum of eighteen semester credit hours of legal specialty courses must be completed in the University of Southern Mississippi Paralegal Studies program before a Bachelor of Arts will be awarded. Students bear the burden of proving whether coursework completed at other institutions are an online course or offered through traditional delivery methods. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Paralegal Program restricts the number of hours that may be completed in an online format.