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What Can I Do with a Minor in Legal Studies?

The Legal Studies Program is now APPROVED by the American Bar Association!
The Legal Studies Program is Approved by the American Bar Association, and Students who graduate from the Legal Studies program are eligible to take the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Certification Exam.

Paralegal work is a fast growing field which is increasingly using college graduates. The field is expanding because lawyers use paralegals as a cost effe ctive way of providing excellent services to their clients. With an interest in law or simply wanting to help others, a legal studies minor can do wonders. A legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law; to do so would be the Unauthorized Practice of Law and a violation of the Code of Ethics for the American Bar Association.

The 21 semester hour Legal Studies minor is a program designed to prepare students to enter the legal profession. The program provides a working knowledge of the legal system in the United States. The program serves as preparation for students who wish to take the national certification examination (offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants) to become a legal assistant. The program prepares students to enter the legal profession as paralegals.

Much like the paralegal field, the Legal Studies Program is also growing very rapidly. Under the remarkable leadership of Wendy Vonnegut, Esq. the program is growing almost exponentially. In her four year tenure she has set the stage for many things to come. In just the last three years, students that have taken Legal Studies courses have been accepted to at least six different law schools.

The Legal Studies minor provides valuable preparation for aspiring law school students. A quick overview of the curriculum shows that the minor offers courses that are reflective of the first year of law school. With a firm foundation, students are able to enter law school with proven skills that are critical to one's performance.

In addition to preparing students for
law school, the minor also helps create career paths. With the understanding
that all students will not enter law
school immediately, students are given
the skills to enter the workforce
following completion of the curriculum. Having a paralegal certification offers
the student a wide array of career opportunities. Such career
opportunities are found in:

insurance companies
real estate agencies
bank and trust companies
health care industries
legal aid
federal, state, and local governments
business offices
and much more!