Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies
General Undergraduate Admission Requirements
To be admitted to any of the undergraduate programs at South University, the prospective student must provide proof of high school graduation as recognized by the state of residence on the date the degree was earned, or the equivalent (e.g. GED with no single test score below 145 or numeric score equivalent to 2.0 on old version or state-issued certificate designated as the equivalent of a High School Diploma) with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The prospective student must also complete the university administered placement tests prior to the start of the first quarter for campus students and during the first session of attendance for online students. South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation. Credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE-member credential evaluation service. Please speak with an admissions representative for more information.
Students with less than the minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may meet admissions requirements by submitting a minimum combined SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math) score of 870 or 800 on the old SAT, a combined ACT score of 18, or a satisfactory score on the university-administered admissions examination (see the Admissions Office) or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student.
Students with less than the minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted provisionally for one quarter. Students enrolled in developmental courses as part of their provisional admission must attain a grade of "C" or better in these courses. Failure to achieve a 2.0 GPA in the first quarter of attendance will result in dismissal. Students cannot appeal the dismissal from the university as a result of failure to meet the conditions of provisional admission.
NOTE: Students accepted under provisional admission are limited to 12 credit hours of study during their first quarter. Students enrolled in programs that include UVC1000-Strategies for Success are required to take the course within their first two quarters of study at the University. Students must be enrolled in the appropriate developmental courses during their first two quarters of attendance. Developmental course requirements must be completed within four quarters of study at the University.
To facilitate the admissions process, unofficial documentation, such as copies of transcripts or grade reports, may be used to determine admission status. Transfer status cannot be designated, however, without some verifying documentation. Admissions test scores on university administered entrance exams will not be accepted from other universities. Prospective students must take a University administered admission exam, like the Accuplacer, at South University.
A student's failure to provide acceptable verification of proof of high school graduation within 10 weeks of his or her start date will result in the following:
- Removal from class
- Cancellation of enrollment
- No final course grades
- No transcript
NOTE: Students who do not provide proof of high school graduation within the 10-week period will not be responsible for any tuition and related fees.
South University may grant exceptions to the 10-week period for unusual situations or circumstances. All exceptions must be submitted to the office of the University Registrar for approval.
Please see the policy on GPA Calculation for Admission for additional information
Paralegal Studies (AS) Degree Programs
Students seeking admission into these degree programs must meet all requirements for admission into the University. Students seeking admission as transfer students must meet additional standards stated in this section of the catalog as well as those required of all transfer students seeking to enroll in South University.
All students enrolling in the partially online program offered through the Savannah campus must document that at least four (4) legal specialty courses comprising at least sixteen (16) credit hours of credit were completed in a traditional classroom format. The program requires that LGS1005 Legal Research and Writing I be completed in a traditional classroom format. The student can complete any other three (3) legal specialty courses in a traditional classroom format with the approval of the Program Director in consultation with the Registrar.
Students already enrolled in the partially online program seeking to meet the requirement that at least sixteen (16) credit hours of coursework must be completed in a traditional classroom format, including LGS1005 Legal Research and Writing I, will work with their online Academic Counselor and the online Program Chair or Program Director to identify an acceptable college or university where such work may be completed. Targeted courses will be identified and pre-approved by the online Program Chair or Program Director working with the Academic Counselor and Registrar using the criteria listed above as applicable.
By completion of the LGS1001 course, partially online students must have pre-approvals for the four traditional-format classes in their file. Students may complete no more than three online legal specialty courses with South University before taking the four required traditional-format courses. Exceptions can be approved at the discretion of the Program Chair.
All students enrolling in the partially online program offered through the Savannah campus must document that at least four legal specialty courses comprising at least 16 quarter credit hours were completed in a traditional classroom format.
*The program requires thatbe completed in a traditional classroom format. The student can complete any other three (3) legal specialty courses in a traditional classroom format with the approval of the Program Director in consultation with the Registrar. The courses completed on campus in a traditional classroom format must be comparable to the legal specialty courses offered at South University.
Students in Savannah's partially online Legal Studies Program should contact their academic counselor for information on completing these requirements.
South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.
This partially online Paralegal Studies degree program can prepare you to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of procedural and substantive law by successfully completing legal assignments routinely performed in a law office or any organization involved with legal processes under the supervision of an attorney.
- An awareness of the needs of a modern technology-based law office.
- An understanding of professional and ethical standards expected of a paralegal.
- Communication skills, including public speaking, letter and memorandum writing, as well as legal drafting under the supervision of an attorney.
- Legal research and analytical and critical thinking skills, including reasoned approaches to legal problem solving.
Upon completing the Paralegal Studies associate’s degree program, you’ll be ready to work under the supervision of an attorney in entry-level paralegal and legal assistant positions and perform general background work for a legal firm. The American Bar Association (ABA) defines a paralegal as “a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” Paralegals and legal assistants may not give legal advice, set fees, represent clients in court, or provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. This degree program can also help get you started on the path to earning your Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.
Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom.
South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:
- Advanced media content
- Personalized navigation
- Simplified online learning atmosphere
- Access to digital books
- Emailing and instant messaging options
We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.
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