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Legal Studies

Legal Studies

Program Description

The legal studies track of the Criminal Justice bachelor’s program prepares students for careers in the fields of paralegal/legal assistant and judicial administration. Students interested in pursuing law school may wish to consider this track, although no specific major is required by most law schools.

While the paralegal profession had its beginnings in law firms, paralegals now work in most corporations and business organizations such as banks, insurance companies and health organizations. The government is also a big employer of paralegals. Working under the supervision of an attorney, the paralegal’s work product is merged with and becomes part of the attorney work product for a client. In communications with clients and the public, the paralegal’s non-lawyer status must be clear. Paralegals cannot give legal advice or perform any duty specifically reserved for licensed attorneys. Typical duties of a paralegal include:

  • Conducting client interviews and maintaining general contact with the client
  • Locating and interviewing witnesses
  • Conducting legal research
  • Drafting legal documents, correspondence and pleadings
  • Summarizing depositions, interrogatories and testimony
  • Attending executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court or administrative hearings and trials with the attorney

Legal Studies Important Information
Legal Studies – Plan of Study
Legal Studies – Four Year Plan
p.nat.fed.associationcareernetwork.com
www.governmentjobs.com (Key word: Court, Legal Administration)
www.uscourts.gov/careers

Please review our Scholarships page. For more information, please email jps@aum.edu  or contact the faculty and staff of the Department of Criminal Justice.

Disclaimer: The Outreach Program paralegal certificate courses offered at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, are not ABA-approved. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Alabama law prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers, including legal assistants/paralegals.

Points of Pride

  • AUM is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
  • This paralegal education program is approved by the American Bar Association.
  • Our full-time faculty has published scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals, including Criminal Justice Studies, Police Quarterly, International Journal of Police Science & Management, Homicide Studies, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Criminology & Penology.
  • Faculty has presented papers at annual conferences such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the American Society of Criminology.
  • All of our legal studies faculty members are lawyers who continue to practice law.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, which will result in about 64,600 new jobs. The job growth for paralegals and legal assistants, however, is 12 percent.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$50,94012%
Court Reporters$57,1507%
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators$62,2708%

For More Information

Department of Criminal Justice
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 319
334-244-3986

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Legal Studies concentration includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
JUST 1150Introduction to the American Criminal Justice SystemOverview of the United States criminal justice system; students develop a general understanding of the dynamic nature of the criminal justice system’s response to crime in society, including the roles of law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice systems.
JUST 1270Introduction to the American Legal SystemOverview of the major principles and functions of the United States legal system, including an introduction to Constitutional and statutory provisions, the American judicial system, legal vocabulary, and the dynamic impact of contemporary civil and criminal legal issues on American society.
JUST 3740Law Office ManagementExamination of various aspects of managing a law office, including management theories, organization of different types of law offices, office systems and procedures, computerized systems and personnel management.
JUST 4602Legal ResearchDetailed study of legal bibliography, law library research and case and text analysis, resulting in the supervised production of legal research assignments.
JUST 4622Legal WritingDetailed study of writing skills and preparation of legal documents including legal briefs and memoranda of law. Integrates legal research and analysis skills to produce legal documents and effective legal communication.
JUST 4650Civil LitigationA study of the legal steps involved in the preparation of a civil case at law, efforts towards non-judicial settlement, trial and post-trial considerations, and general civil law matters.
JUST 4660Court and Judicial AdministrationHistorical and contemporary perspectives of the field of court management at the state and local levels. Administrative and management issues concerning trial courts, the state court system and the federal court system are analyzed.
JUST 4710Alternative Dispute Resolution (WI)Examination of the various aspects of alternative dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Legal requirements and skills are explored in the context of conflict diagnosis, process selection, and resolution.
JUST 4800Paralegal Studies/Legal EthicsSurvey of the occupational field of the paralegal (legal assistant) including ethics, law office management, legal research, law libraries, overview of administrative law, criminal and civil law, employment discrimination, and career opportunities.
JUST 4813Computer Application LawIntroduction to software commonly used in law offices, including spreadsheets, databases and case management software and review of word processing applications. Includes instruction in use of internet and computer-assisted legal research. Enrollment limited to 30.
JUST 4000Quantitative MethodsThis course introduces the basic principles and quantitative methods to address real world problems in criminal justice. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications in Justice and Public Safety. Basic quantitative methods, including probability, descriptive statistics, inferences for means and proportions, regression and other quantitative methods are presented.
ENGL 3060Business and Professional WritingThe essential skills of written communication in a business environment, such as report writing, letters and other modes of business communication. This is a writing intensive course.
ORGL 2930Values and Ethics in LeadershipWriting-intensive course.

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