Justice Studies Major, Paralegal Studies Concentration (B.A.)

The Paralegal Studies Program, approved by the American Bar Association, offers students a balanced and varied background in theoretical and practical aspects of law, which are necessary for work as a paralegal. Over 60% of our graduates go on to work as paralegals or continue onto law school.  The Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies with a concentration in Paralegal Studies provides a solid foundation for students aspiring to work in the legal field, go to law school or graduate school. It also develops intellectual and analytical skills, educates students for direct employment opportunities in the paralegal field, and provides additional career possibilities in combination with other majors/minors. The Montclair State University Paralegal Studies Program was the first program in New Jersey to receive American Bar Association approval. ParalegalEDU.org announced the results of a 2018 state-by-state analysis of the top bachelor’s programs for paralegals and Montclair State University’s BA in Justice Studies with a concentration in Paralegal Studies was selected as the best of the best in New Jersey!

Paralegals (sometimes referred to as legal assistants or legal analysts) work under the supervision of an attorney, in a variety of areas ranging from real estate, litigation and family law to intellectual property, estate and criminal practice.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.75 major GPA.

With the exception of giving legal advice, making court appearances and setting fees, a paralegal may carry out many tasks. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Program Requirements

Students must complete General Education requirements and World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Complete with a minimum 2.750 GPA:

Justice Studies Core
JUST 204Justice, Courts and Legal Systems3
JUST 205Perspectives on Justice Studies3
JUST 300Research Methods in Justice Studies3
JUST 310Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies3
JUST 497Senior Seminar and Internship3
Paralegal Studies Concentration
Paralegal Concentration Required Courses
PALG 210Law and Litigation3
PALG 312Research and Writing for Paralegals3
PALG 339Computer Applications in the Legal Environment3
Paralegal Concentration Electives
Select 15 credits from the list (see below)15
Total Credits39

Paralegal Concentration Electives

Group A
Select 3-15 credits of the following:
Real Estate Law
Contract Law
Fundamentals of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Family Law
Corporations and Partnerships
Group B
Select 0-9 credits from the following:
Criminal Law and Procedure
Immigration Law
Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration
Computer-Assisted Research in the Legal Environment
Bankruptcy Law
Administrative Law and Procedure
Personal Injury Law
Employment Law
Special Topics in Paralegal Studies
Advanced Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Consumer Law
Elder Law
Civil Trial Preparation
Entertainment Law
Trademark Law
Criminal Trial Preparation
Law Office Management and Technology
Group C
Select 0-6 credits from the following:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Environmental Justice
Restorative Justice
Race and the U.S. Legal System
Hate Crimes
White Collar Crime
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
Death Penalty Perspectives
Juries and Justice
Rights, Liberties and American Justice
Special Topics in Justice Studies
Peer Mentoring for Justice Studies
Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel
Forensic Psychology