Derfelt - Director
Webster Hall 212 • 417-625-9794
The paralegal program within the Social Science Department is designed for the student seeking a career as a legal assistant working under the direction and supervision of an attorney in private practice, government service or legal aid. However, the knowledge and skills acquired in the paralegal program are also beneficial to students in the areas of law enforcement, prelaw, business law and political science. Students who wish to learn more about the legal system and how to develop their own skills in legal research for personal enrichment are also encouraged to enroll.
Students in the program will develop skills in research, preparation of legal memorandums and court documents and the professional rules that affect those working in the legal field. A focus on portfolio assignments that highlight these skills is found in many courses.
Students enrolled in the paralegal program may obtain a certificate or use it as a minor for any Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students who wish to take classes in paralegal studies only may receive a certificate for successfully completing 24 hours of coursework. The required courses are the same for the minor or the certificate. Students must have an advisor in paralegal studies. All Paralegal courses (PLS) are currently designed for online delivery only.
For additional information contact:
Dr. JoAnna Derfelt
Webster Hall 212
417-625-9794 • firstname.lastname@example.org