Business & Information Technology

Paralegal Studies

A two-year program offering day and evening classes, it's designed to prepare a student for employment as a legal assistant or paralegal.

Approved by the American Bar Association since 1976, Paralegal Studies at Rose State is a two-year program offering day and evening classes. 

A paralegal is an individual who is educated and trained to assist a practicing attorney. Paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform a wide variety of duties and tasks which are professional in nature, distinct from routine clerical tasks. A primary responsibility of a paralegal is to relieve the supervising attorney of routine duties so that the attorney is able to use his/her time in more complex areas of the case. Proper use of a paralegal/legal assistant enables an attorney to handle a heavier case load and increase productivity, thereby resulting in the delivery of legal services to a client more efficiently and economically.

The Paralegal Studies Program is designed to prepare the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment as a paralegal/legal assistant and/or to allow the student to advance to positions of increasing responsibility in the legal field. The program is not offered to train attorneys or legal administrators. Objectives of the program are:

  • To provide practical training in legal skills supported by substantive legal theory;
  • To instruct students in legal specialty courses to enable students to perform tasks specific to particular areas of law;
  • To inform students of ethical responsibilities of the legal profession; and
  • To educate students to the role of the paralegal in the delivery of quality services within ethical limitations applicable to a paralegal’s function in the legal profession.

The Paralegal Studies Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education; it is dedicated to providing quality education and current technological skills so that graduates can find employment in the legal community or in a law-related field.

A person in the Paralegal Studies profession CAN:

  • Interview clients and witnesses
  • Draft pleadings and documents
  • Perform legal research
  • Write legal memoranda and briefs
  • Research public records
  • Prepare discovery requests and responses
  • Prepare exhibit lists
  • Assist the attorney at trial
  • Provide case management
  • Perform law office management tasks

A person in the Paralegal Studies profession CANNOT:

  • Give legal advice
  • Accept cases or set legal fees
  • Represent a party in court

ALL legal services performed by a paralegal must be supervised by an attorney. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Program Admission Requirements

Option I:
• High School transcript or GED certificate and transcript
• ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83
• Eligibility for English Composition I

Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I

Option II:
• College transcript(s) reflecting 15 credit hours or more with a 2.5 grade point average or better or an ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83
• Eligibility for English Composition I

Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I.  

Work Setting

Paralegals work in offices for:

  • Private law firms
  • Banks and corporations
  • Public service corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government

Tools & Materials

Paralegals work with:

  • Public records, court documents, and other research materials
  • Legal and business documents such as titles, contracts, and mortgages
  • Court cases
  • Computers and software applicable to their area of specialty
  • Clients on a daily basis

Career Skills

Paralegals should be able to:

  • Reason clearly and logically
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in speech and writing
  • Be responsible, ethical, and motivated
  • Perform detailed work
  • Analyze information
  • Plan and organize work

Pros and Cons

Positive aspects of the career:

  • Working with people as well as data
  • The variety of the work
  • The ability to work on a temporary or freelance basis

Negative aspects of the career:

  • Performing detailed work tasks
  • Keeping up with changes in laws
  • Working long hours when under pressure to meet deadlines

Career Information

For more information regarding the Paralegal Studies profession, contact:

American Bar Association
http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals/

National Association of Paralegal Studies
1516 S. Boston, Suite 200 
Tulsa, OK 74119-4013
(918) 587-6828 FAX (918) 582-6772
http://www.nala.org

American Association for Paralegal Education
http://www.aafpe.org/

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc
http://www.paralegals.org  

Central Oklahoma Association of Paralegal Studies s (COALA)
Membership Chairperson or Recruitment Chairperson
P. O. Box 2146
Oklahoma City, OK  73101-2146
www.coala.com

Oklahoma Paralegal Association
P.O. Box 5784
Enid, OK 73702-5784
www.okparalegal.org

The Career Services Office in the Professional Training Center can provide you with more detailed information on the paralegal profession, job markets, salaries, etc.  For additional information, contact the Career Services office at (405) 733-7488.

Apply Today

Paralegal Studies Program Admission Form (PDF)

email businfo@rose.edu

Program Director

Brandon Burris
Brandon Burris
Director, Paralegal Studies Program Business Information Technology Division
(405) 733-7460

Academic Advisor

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson
Academic Advisor Business Information Technology Division
(405) 736-0348