- Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and Certificate in Paralegal Studies are approved by the American Bar Association.
California State Compliance
- A graduate with either the bachelor’s degree or Paralegal Certificate will meet the California definition of a paralegal, as set out in Business and Professions Code section 6450.
- Nine core courses (36 semester units) and three elective courses (10-12 units) required to earn the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.
- Eight core courses (32 units) to earn the Certificate in Paralegal Studies.
- The curriculum prepares the student to work in any legal area.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- Bachelor’s students: 128 semester units
- Certificate students: 32 semester units
Minimum Admission Requirements
- Bachelor’s students: see university requirements
- Certificate students: (1) a bachelor’s degree or (2) sixty (60) semester hours (including a minimum of 18 in general education) from an accredited college. The general education must include at least three semester hours in college level English composition and 15 units from at least three of the following academic areas: social and behavioral science; English composition and literature; foreign language; mathematics; humanities; natural science; appreciation or history of the arts.
- Each Legal Studies course meets once per week.
- All Legal Studies courses are taught in the evening.
- Two semesters per year: fall and spring.
- New students are accepted each semester.
- University of La Verne, Central Campus, in the City of La Verne, eastern Los Angeles County, Southern California.
- University of La Verne College of Law Library, in the City of Ontario, seven miles east of the Central Campus.
- University of La Verne Wilson Library, Central Campus.
Internships and Job Assistance
- Required Internship.
- On-line job board available to all students and graduates.
- Job assistance through published job opportunities; help in writing cover letters and resumes; interview preparation through mock interviews.