The Undergraduate Legal Studies Program at SUU supports students regarding their pursuit of a career in law as an attorney, paralegal, or legal assistant. To fulfill this mission, the program offers classes that cover a wide variety of legal topics. In addition, the program presents events and activities relating to such matters as law school admissions, the work of lawyers and paralegals, and the judicial process. Opportunities for internships and volunteerism within legal environments are available through the program.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018. However, in Utah this growth is projected to be 35%. Thus, paralegal employment is increasing at the state and national levels much faster than the average for all occupations. The Undergraduate Legal Studies Program offers a two-year A.A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies which is designed to prepare students for such a career. Classes within the Paralegal AAS are offered online to give non-resident students an opportunity to earn this valuable degree.
Regardless of their Bachelor’s degree major, students interested in a future career in law may wish to obtain a minor in Legal Studies within the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department. This minor focuses on various law-related courses.
The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and its Undergraduate Legal Studies Program provides many activities and events in support of students seeking a career in law. These include Legal Studies Student Association, Intramural Mock Trial and Moot Court Competitions, LSAT Study Activities, Internships, Free Legal Clinic Volunteer Program, Workshops, Field Trips, etc. Links to details regarding such activities and events are provided.
For more information, contact:
Christine Taylor, Director
Undergraduate Legal Studies
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
General Classroom Building Room 406