The University of Tulsa Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies Program pursues the production of professional, practical, and ethical paralegals committed to the legal and local community. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent professional paralegals working under the supervision of lawyers, while adhering to the American Bar Association’s Code of Professional Responsibility. The training provided to these motivated students includes a dedication to the following:
- Continuing professional and intellectual education
- Adaptable and updated technical skills
- An understanding of the law, the legal and paralegal professions, and the legal process
- Competence in legal research and writing, problem analysis, and critical thinking
- Awareness of ethical, moral, and social issues that contain legal implications
- Knowledge and promotion of the standards of conduct expected of the legal profession
- Advancement of the paralegal profession, including the economical, ethical, and efficient delivery of high-quality legal services
- The law and the welfare of the community—legal, local, national and worldwide
The program's primary goal is to educate students to become career paralegals in public and private settings under the supervision of attorneys. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes they need to become practical, competent and ethical professional paralegals working in the delivery of legal services. Upon completion of the program graduates should be able to:
- Enter the legal profession as a paralegal.
- Prepare legal documents.
- Perform legal research.
- Exhibit and have the professional activities governed by the accepted principles of legal ethics.
- Work as a member of a team.
- Paralegals cannot give legal advice, accept cases, set legal fees, represent clients in court or perform any legal service without the supervision of a licensed lawyer.
Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the law, the legal and paralegal professions, and the legal process, including the use of technology, appropriate to their expected role in the legal community.
- Demonstrate the acquisition of practical, technical skills, as well as basic knowledge of legal theory, and specialized competency in at least one area of concentration.
- Demonstrate competence in legal research and writing, problem analysis, and critical thinking.
- Display an awareness of ethical, moral, and social issues that contain legal implications.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the standards of conduct expected of the legal profession in general and the legal assistant/paralegal in particular.