The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program is to provide students with a broad academic background in general education, fundamental theoretical legal concepts, and practical applications. This rigorous ABA approved legal assistant education program is designed for the student who clearly shows potential for a career in the legal profession and similar fields.
The coursework emphasizes the development of keen analytical skills and fosters sensitivity to cultural and political history and diversity. Graduates can become contributing members of the legal office in private law firms, banks, insurance companies, title and mortgage companies, governmental and law enforcement agencies, and other corporations. The curriculum’s focus on legal theory, application, and critical thinking allow graduates to perform high-level paralegal duties, with the exception that paralegals are not permitted to give legal advice, appear in court, accept cases, or set fees.
The objective of this program is to provide students, through completion of courses consisting of lecture, practical application, and hands-on computer instruction, with the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing members of a team in the legal environment. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.
Students completing the program will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theoretical legal concepts necessary to hold a paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
- Develop analytical and reasoning skills that promote independent thinking.
- Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities as set forth in the Rules of Professional Responsibility and other applicable guidelines, laws, and directives.
- Develop legal research, writing, and drafting skills necessary to hold a paralegal position under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.
- Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities as set forth in the Tennessee Rules of Professional Responsibility and other related guidelines, laws, and directives.
All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the program. Program admission is not granted until a student has successfully completed 60 hours of the required curriculum at South College, earning the minimum grades required by the program.