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Give Your Legal Career a Strong Start

Paralegals are a vital part of any legal team, and a degree in Paralegal Studies from Davenport University may give you a distinct advantage in this high-demand career path.1

Our American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies programs2 are designed to support today’s legal community with multiple programs to fit your needs:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 

Our bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies prepares you for your paralegal career, with courses in advanced litigation skills, law office computer applications, and electives including specialties like bankruptcy, real estate, family, probate, and criminal law. This program also serves as a springboard to law school.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate*

This certificate is designed for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree program in another area of study. This credential can be a real asset if you’re already working in a legal environment, or you’re considering changing careers.

Associate of Science (A.S.) 

Our associate degree gives you a basic foundation in business and law, and the opportunity to apply legal theories to real-life legal situations. All associate degree courses transfer directly to the Davenport Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies.

Paralegal studies is an ideal foundation for and complement to an advanced degree, such as a Davenport MBA or a law degree, if you decide to further expand your skill sets for greater employment opportunities.

Classes to Meet Your Goals

Paralegal Studies classes offer legal theory as well as practical, hands-on experience, including internships, a study abroad opportunity and other clinical experiences. With every class, you’ll develop the effective communications and critical thinking skills you need for success.  You'll also have access to a wide range of elective courses:

  • Bankruptcy law
  • Real estate
  • Estate planning
  • Family law
  • Criminal procedure

Why Davenport?

Davenport offers the courses, degrees, and certifications you need, and we have a proven track record of success: 

  • 91% of Davenport Paralegal students pass the national certification exam, compared to a national average of 58%.
  • We’re among the few Paralegal Studies programs in the country to be recognized and approved by the American Bar Association.

In addition, our instructors are practicing lawyers and paralegals, adding a unique on-the-job perspective to your classroom experience.

In-demand Careers

According to current national employment projections, demand for paralegals is expected to grow 28% through 2016 – a faster than average rate.

The projections cite specific occupations that are considered critical to the economy, including opportunities that you may pursue with a paralegal studies certificate or degree, including:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Court Clerk
  • Compliance Manager

These careers are projected to have significant employment opportunities in the future, with salaries ranging from $44,500 to $55,000 for bachelor degree graduates.


The DU Advantage

Our unique online and in-classroom courses deliver a high-quality education with the advantage of small (sometimes virtual) classes, experienced faculty and cutting-edge programs for today's most in-demand careers.


1NOTE: While paralegals are an important part of the legal team, they cannot give legal advice or other direct legal services to clients and must work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

2See information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other employment information.

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Full Curriculum


The American Bar Association (ABA) approved Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies builds upon the foundation developed in the Associate of Science degree program and provides the opportunity for further study in the areas of litigation, computer applications, and legal specialties. The degree will prepare students to successfully perform the duties required of a paralegal through studies that focus on effective communication skills, critical thinking, litigation procedures, computer applications for law offices, ethics and various legal specialties. Although the paralegal plays a key role in providing legal services to clients, only attorneys may accept cases, give legal advice, represent clients in court, or provide other direct legal services to clients.  The courses of the Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies provide valuable preparation for careers in law offices, government agencies, or other law-related settings.


***Which class should I take? When should I take it? Please click here for the program sequence. (pdf download)

Foundations of Excellence39 cr.
ACES100 or OPENAchieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ECON200Microeconomics3 cr.
ECON201Macroeconomics3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
ENVS125 or SCI/MATHIntroduction to Environmental Studies or Science/Math Elective3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
STAT220Introduction to Statistics3 cr.
HUMNHumanities Elective3 cr.
SOSCSocial Science Elective3 cr.
Foundations of Business19 cr.
ACCT201Accounting Foundations I4 cr.
BITS211Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet3 cr.
BITS214Microcomputer Applications: Word Processing3 cr.
BUSN210Professional Ethics3 cr.
CISP112Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
MGMT211Management Foundations3 cr.
Major46 cr.
LEGL101Introduction to Paralegal Studies3 cr.
LEGL213Torts3 cr.
LEGL215Litigation3 cr.
LEGL216Legal Research3 cr.
LEGL218Legal Writing3 cr.
LEGL220Technology for Paralegals3 cr.
LEGL301Business Organizations3 cr.
LEGL308Estate Planning and Probate Law EL3 cr.
LEGL415Advanced Litigation3 cr.
LEGL490Paralegal BS Internship4 cr.
Choose 15 credits from the following:(15) cr.
LEGL204Family Law3 cr.
LEGL211Criminal Law3 cr.
LEGL300Evidence and Criminal Procedure3 cr.
LEGL303Bankruptcy Law3 cr.
LEGL305Real Estate Law EL3 cr.
LEGL384Comparative Legal Analysis/Study Abroad EL3 cr.
LEGL385Legal Studies: Special Topics EL3 cr.
LEGL386Study Abroad: Special Legal Topics EL 3 cr.
LEGL401Employment and Labor Law3 cr.
LEGL496Paralegal Ethics and Certificate Review3 cr.
Open Electives16 cr.