This program aims to provide a breadth of coverage for students to succeed as paralegals within any environment and allow for continued learning in workplace settings.  Lander’s curriculum will also prepare a student for graduate education — including, but not limited to, law school.

Kimberly Richburg teaching

A Successful Career Begins Here

Earning a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies is an excellent option for anyone wishing for a successful career as a paralegal – in a business, law firm or government agency.

Attorneys realize that persons with a bachelor’s degree have greater writing, research, and critical thinking skills, so employers now prefer this credential, and some even require a bachelor’s degree. This shift continues the professionalization of this field by state bar associations for many years. This program will prepare graduates to work in the legal profession in private enterprises such as law firms, insurance companies, banks and mortgage companies, or government agencies as a paralegal.

 

Earn Your Degree Quickly

For students who have earned an associate’s degree, this program will take just two years to complete.  (If less than 60 hours of coursework has been earned, more time is needed.) Classes are offered in fall, spring, and summer terms, and the time to degree depends upon how much coursework a student takes each term.

We are currently planning 16-week schedules for fall and spring courses and 6-week schedules for summer courses. Lander has the ability to offer 8-week courses during fall and spring as well as courses across the entire summer. If there is sufficient demand for these options, they will be provided.  

 

Online, On Campus or Hybrid Delivery

This program is offered on Lander’s main campus in Greenwood, at the University Center of Greenville (UCG), as well as online. 

Most students will pursue this program at the University Center of Greenville (UCG) and online, but all three options are available. Courses at the UCG are in a hybrid mode, but a full course load of 12-15 hours would likely involve some online courses for progress toward completing the degree in two years.  Many more courses have face-to-face options on the main campus, but hybrid and online courses are offered as well.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I enroll in this program at UCG, can I take classes online or at Lander’s main campus if I want to?
    Yes.
  • When can I start the program?
    The first start date is August 2020.  The program will admit new applicants on an on-going basis and new students can start the program each August, January, or June. 
  • Do I have to have an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies?
    No, but this is preferred. LEG courses offered by technical colleges cover many areas of the law, so Lander’s program is designed to add to this and supplement it with courses that build writing, research, and critical thinking skills. The admissions requirement is a minimum of 12 hours of LEG coursework at the 100- or 200-level with preferences for courses in legal writing; law and ethics, and legal research or legal bibliography. If an applicant has coursework focusing on a liberal arts discipline or business, please contact Lander for guidance on how to proceed toward a path of being admitted for this degree program.
  • Will this program give me credit for classes I’ve taken at a technical college?
    Up to 64 credit hours can be transferred into Lander from an accredited two- or four-year institution. Students with an associate’s degree have typically complete 60 or more hours of coursework. Lander has worked with specific technical colleges for a four-year plan that is a pathway to earn this B.S. degree. Contact Lander for more information on pathway opportunities.
  • Will I receive credit for classes I’ve taken if I was earning an A.A.S., rather than an A.A. or A.S. degree?
    Yes. Paralegal programs at most technical colleges are an A.A.S. degree, and Lander designed its curriculum in partnership with technical colleges whose curricula are representative of most A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies programs. Check out www.sctrac.org for specific course articulations.
  • I am a current Lander student and am interested in becoming a paralegal. Can I pursue the Paralegal Studies Major?
    No.  The Paralegal Studies program is designed for those who bring coursework in the law from a technical college.  Instead, you are best advised to pursue the Pre-Law Minor as well as the law classes in Political Science that are a part of it. It would be in your best interest to take more of these law-related POLS classes than required in the Pre-Law Minor to expand your knowledge of the law.  If you do these things, you would be permitted to take LEG 499: Advanced Legal Research to have more exposure and training in Westlaw, the premier legal research tool. This recommended path would prepare you to go to law school or to pursue a Paralegal degree from a technical college. If you hold a bachelor’s degree, you will qualify for an accelerated Paralegal program. The legal field increasingly desires paralegals with a bachelor’s degree and formal paralegal training. Reach out to Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss at awoodiwiss@lander.edu for more information about law school and this curricular options.​

  • I have a bachelor’s degree or am about to graduate with one. I want to be a paralegal. What should I do?
    It is possible to work as a paralegal without a degree in this field.  Some Lander alumni have pursued this path and found successful careers. You would be encouraged to look at the accelerated path for persons with a bachelor’s degree at a technical college with a Paralegal program.  Nearby options include Greenville Technical College and Midlands Technical College.

 

For More Information

To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program, contact the Office of Admissions at 864-388-8307 or admissions@lander.edu. You can also find information about admission requirements, application instructions and campus visit opportunities on our Admission website.

To learn more about Lander tuition and fees, contact our Office of Financial Aid at 864-388-8340 or see our Financial Aid website.

 

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
SPCH 101 Speech Fundamentals

3

PHIL 103

Introduction to Logic 3
POLS 101 American National Government 3
  Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7

 

Approved Mathematics 3
ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6
  World Cultures 3
  LINK 101 1
Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting Principles 3
BA 251 Business Law 3
ENGL 275 Business Writing 3
PHIL 302 Ethics 3
LEG 308 Law, Politics, & Society 3
LEG 499 Advanced Legal Research 3
POLS 386 State & Local Government 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
Select Three (3) 9
LEG 311 Constitutional Law  
LEG 312 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties  
LEG 313 Judicial Process  
LEG 366 International Law  
LEG 371 Special Topics in Legal Studies  
     
Select One (1) 3
ENGL 350 Professional Revising & Editing  
ENGL 373 Writing and Research Methods  
ENGL 450 Technical Writing  

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES * CREDIT HOURS
  200-level LEG electives

12

     
Total Major Program Requirements 45
Additional Electives 40
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120

*These four courses will be offered by an accredited Associate’s degree program in Paralegal Studies (preferably with endorsement by the American Bar Association). Three specific courses are recommended: Introduction to Law & Ethics, Legal Writing, and Legal Bibliography/ Legal Research.