Fascinated by questions of law? Legal Studies courses prepare you to be a paraprofessional assisting lawyers in their legal work. Paralegals aid lawyers by completing research, conducting investigations, and keeping records. Faulkner’s Legal Studies courses are offered during the day, evenings, weekends and on-line. The schedule of courses typically accommodates the students who work full or part-time, may have family responsibilities, and want to attend school on a full or part-time basis.
Faulkner’s Montgomery main campus Legal Studies program is an ABA-approved program.* With the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law as a valuable on-campus resource, our Legal Studies program provides students with a thorough, hands-on legal education. Courses cover legal research and writing, and many substantive areas of law such as family law, probate law, civil law, and criminal law.
You’ll practice putting your research to work by drafting briefs and other legal documents enabling you to research and write about legal issues quickly and accurately — a treasured talent in the law profession. Our program fully prepares you for paralegal employment with a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and fully prepares you for the next level – law school.
Experienced-based programs providing personal and practical paralegal training.
*Students who take legal specialty classes at a Faulkner University campus other than the Montgomery campus, and attempt to transfer legal specialty credit to the Montgomery campus will be considered to have transferred from a non-ABA approved school and will be subject to the transfer policy.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Mission and Vision
The mission of the Faulkner University Legal Studies Program is to glorify God through education of the whole person and the preparation of highly competent, socially and ethically committed legal professionals, emphasizing integrity of character, an appreciation for the pursuit of equal justice for every person, and a lifelong dedication to critical inquiry and investigative thinking.
It is the vision of the Faulkner University Legal Studies Program to be the foremost provider of undergraduate Christian legal education and the preferred partner for the legal community in producing occupationally competent and socially responsible 130 graduates with the highest moral and ethical values.
Goals and Objectives
The Faulkner University Legal Studies Program seeks to provide a program that supports its students during their academic and professional careers and advances the paralegal profession. Upon graduation from the Legal Studies Program, students will be well-prepared to begin a career as a paralegal or continue studies towards an advanced degree. Students who already work in the legal field will be able to perform more effectively and efficiently in their positions. The objectives of the Legal Studies Program are as follows:
- To offer a curriculum in which students demonstrate a broad understanding of substantive law, application of the practical aspects of a career as a paralegal, and analysis of laws applicable to the state of Alabama.
- To produce legal professionals who demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions critical to the profession established by national paralegal associations (including the American Bar Association and the American Association for Paralegal Education).
- To produce professionals who employ the principles of legal ethics.
- To maintain an academically challenging, yet flexible program dedicated to the quality education and occupational competency of those students currently working in the legal field and to those students new to the profession. 5. To continuously review and revise the legal studies curriculum in response to the demands of the employing legal community and the suggestion of the Faulkner University Legal Studies Advisory Committee. 6. To maintain equality of opportunity in the legal studies program without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of color, religion, national origin, or sex.
Legal studies students are encouraged to participate in the internship program as part of their curriculum. The program director and the legal studies student services coordinator help place students in an internship which aligns with their professional goals and interests. Students receive 3 semester hours of academic credit for the internship. In some cases, students may complete more than one internship for credit.
Internship Observation Requirements
Interns are required to observe certain facets of the legal profession. These observations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- An opening statement/closing argument
- Jury selection
- Direct/cross-examination of witnesses
- Reading of jury instructions
In addition, the intern must observe at least two of the following:
- A client interview
- A client meeting
- Oral argument for the Alabama Supreme Court
- A court hearing
- An interoffice departmental meeting
- Alternative dispute resolution process
- A probate proceeding
- A domestic relations proceeding
- A title search
- Bankruptcy Court proceedings
For more information concerning internship opportunities, please email the legal studies program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer of Legal Specialty Courses
Generally, legal specialty courses are those courses that cover a specific area of law or procedure. It is the policy of the Legal Studies Program to accept no more than the equivalent of fifty-percent of legal specialty courses. Legal specialty transfer credits may be considered from regionally accredited institutions provided the student completes the following procedure:
- The student must meet with the Legal Studies Director and provide the Director with a copy of the transcript listing the particular legal specialty course with a grade of “C” or better, the date the course was taken, and the number of credits earned for the course.
- The student must also provide a course syllabus or other acceptable documentation (course assignments, student work product) and be able to discuss specific paralegal skills acquired throughout the course. The Legal Studies Director may accept transfer credit for the course if it is determined that the course in question is sufficiently similar to one offered as part of the ABA-approved Faulkner University Legal Studies curriculum.
Strong preference is given to those courses taken from an ABA-approved paralegal program. The Faulkner University Legal Studies Program does not accept professional work experience, CLEP credit, paralegal or legal assistant certifications, CEUs, or the 131 equivalent as transfer credit for legal specialty courses. Additionally, all Legal Studies students must complete a minimum of 10 semester hours of legal specialty course work in the traditional classroom environment; therefore, the number of on-line legal specialty courses subject to transfer may be limited in order to satisfy this requirement. This transfer policy includes any and all legal specialty courses taken at any institution including any Faulkner University campus offering a non-ABA approved program.
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