Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies



What qualities should a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies student have?

Paralegal Studies students should possess the following qualities:

  • Writing or communication skills needed day to day; professional business and legal writing skills are a must
  • Personality traits/soft skills the industry looks for:
    • High personal standards
    • Positive work ethic
    • Self-confidence
    • Persistence
    • Assertiveness
    • Initiative
    • A need to know
    • An ability to collect, organize, review, evaluate and draw conclusions
    • Dedication to continuing education and skill development
    • Being a self-starter
  • Technical/hard skills used:
    • Electronic research skills
    • Organizational skills
    • Ability to conceptualize
    • Ability to prioritize
    • Time management skills
    • Research skills
    • Document drafting skills
    • Computer skills

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program?

List of Program Level Student Learning Outcomes
(Original August 2002; revised July 2006; revised August 2006; revised May 2011)
Graduates of The Institute for Legal Studies will possess nine enhanced competencies:

  1. Identify and assess ethical and professional responsibility issues.
  2. Define and use legal terminology.
  3. Differentiate federal and state court structure and procedures.
  4. Conduct factual investigations in an organized manner.
  5. Conduct legal research in an organized manner.
  6. Analyze and interpret the law in an organized manner.
  7. Prepare legal documents, including pleadings, memoranda and legally operative forms.
  8. Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for the legal field.
  9. Use legal technology and determine its impact on the practice of law.

What is the most important or unique thing about Sullivan’s Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program?

The program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are 1,000 colleges offering Paralegal Studies but only 260 have ABA approval.

In addition, our stature within the legal community on the state and local levels, particularly our involvement with the Kentucky Paralegal Association and the Louisville Association of Paralegals, gives our students and graduates an advantage.

Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies Course Requirements

182 Credit Hours Minimum
Length: 18 months beyond the Associate degree
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.
Associate degree or equivalent (see Undergraduate Admissions section for a description of Sullivan’s 2+2 programs):

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
AOM 120Word Processing4
ACT 101Principles of Accounting I4
BUS 224Professional Development4
BUS 424International Business4
COM 214Public Speaking4
CSC 118Computer Applications I4
CSC 218Computer Applications II4
ECO 201Microeconomics4
ECO 202Macroeconomics4
ENG 101Composition I4
ENG 102Composition II4
ENG 204Advanced Writing4
MGT 114Business Organization and Management4
MGT 304Principles of Management4
MGT 344Organizational Behavior4
MKT 304Principles of Marketing4
MTH 101College Mathematics4
MTH 201College Algebra4
PLS 114Introduction to Law and the Legal System4
PLS 134Legal Research4
PLS 144Legal Writing4
PLS 154Tort Law4
PLS 184Business Organizations and Commercial Practice4
PLS 204Criminal Law4
PLS 214Estate Planning and Administration4
PLS 224Litigation4
PLS 234Real Estate Law4
PLS 244Domestic Relations/Family Law4
PLS 262Basic Legal Ethics2
PLS 272Paralegal Externship or Research Project2
PLS 284Computers in the Law Office4
PLS 302Applied Legal Ethics2
PLS 304Administrative Law4
PLS 314Advanced Legal Writing with Computer Applications4
PLS 404Advanced Litigation and Appellate Practice4
PLS 414Advanced Real Estate Law4
PLS 434Contemporary Legal Topics4
PSA 260Spanish for Public Safety Professionals OR Elective - any topic 4
Credit Hours46
General Studies Elective (20 Additional Credit Hours)20
Two Humanities/Fine Arts Electives8
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective4
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective4
Any General Education Elective4
Free Electives (16Additional Credit Hours)16
Four classes must be chosen from any of the General Education categories or from outside the Paralegal Studies program of study.
Total Credit Hours182
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