Goals: The goal of the Legal Studies Department is to prepare graduates to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services in the public or private sector, to proceed to graduate school, or to pursue other career opportunities with a solid foundation in law. Students are educated to:

  • Understand the legal profession and its role in our society.
  • Think critically and write competently and persuasively about legal issues.
  • Use technology to perform legal research and associated tasks.
  • Act ethically in their professional and personal lives.
  • Act on opportunities for professional growth and continuing education.
Bay Path’s Legal Studies Programs prepare graduates for careers in law by providing a strong undergraduate education emphasizing communication, leadership, technology, and ethics. Students graduate knowing that paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and are not authorized to engage in the practice of law. By challenging students to a rigorous curriculum of theory and practical application, the legal programs prepare them for law or graduate school as well as for professional opportunities in a wide variety of legal settings including: law firms; legal service agencies; courts; corporations; financial institutions; and city, state, and federal government agencies and offices. An undergraduate education in law also prepares students for careers in business, education, law enforcement, public administration, and public service. Upon completion of either degree, students earn a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies.

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies is appropriate for the student who is contemplating attending law school or graduate school following graduation and who has a strong interest in the humanities. It is also appropriate for the student who intends to enter the legal, business, or other professional field after graduation. Students may choose to enter law or graduate school while employed as a paralegal.

A minor in law does not prepare a student for a career as a paralegal. Students intending to minor in law should discuss their academic and career plan with the legal studies department chair

*All Legal Programs are approved by the American Bar Association and include the Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies.

Associates in Paralegal Studies
The Associate of Science in Paralegal provides a two-year education to prepare its graduates for entry-level paralegal positions in a variety of settings. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and are not authorized to engage in the practice of law. Students enrolled in the associate program are required to take six legal specialty courses. Legal specialty courses cover a specific area of law, procedure, or the legal process and emphasize practical and technical paralegal skills, forms, documents, procedures, and legal principles and theories. Upon completion of the degree, students earn a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies. Students in the Associate of Science program are encouraged to continue their education to earn a Bachelor’s degree because many employers now prefer graduates with a four-year degree from an A.B.A. approved paralegal program.

Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies (21 credits)
The Paralegal Studies certificate program is appropriate for students who have previously received an associate or baccalaureate degree or who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of approved college courses. Students majoring in any other program can receive a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies by completing the 21 credits. Students seeking a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies are encouraged to take more than the minimum number of legal specialty courses to enhance their ability to find employment in legal settings. The ceremony at which the certificates are awarded is held in the spring of each year, preceding the graduation.

Possible Career Options: 
  • Paralegal in Law Firm Court Clerk or Clerk Magistrate
  • Paralegal in Financial Institution
  • Compliance Officer
  • Paralegal in Insurance Company
  • Insurance Investigator of Claims Adjuster
  • Non-Profit Legal Worker
  • Paralegal in Corporate Law Department
  • Legislative Aide
  • Paralegal in State or Federal Government Agencies
  • Graduate School in law or other field Attorney