Law & Paralegal Studies Minor

Interested in the law and legal professions? Learn about the fundamental principles guiding our legal system and the professional opportunities of the legal field.

As a Paralegal studies minor at Suffolk University, you’ll take five courses. Three are required—Ethics & Legal Practice Skills, Introduction to Law, and U.S. Constitutional Law & Civil Liberties—and the remaining two courses are law electives of your choosing. The electives draw from a variety of disciplines.

Note: The Paralegal studies minor is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals and does not do so. It will provide foundational knowledge and does not qualify you to give legal advice directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
The Paralegal studies minor at Suffolk is not a program option approved by the ABA. G-103.B

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Understand legal concepts
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Be effective legal researchers
Understand ethical behavior in the workplace
  • Make ethical decisions in the workplace
  • Appreciate importance of professional ethics and demonstrate understanding of code of ethics which apply to attorneys as well as paralegals
Understand legal analysis and research
  • Effectively use legal research tools, including technology
  • Master new resources, including secondary authority, legislative histories, and administrative materials
  • Understand legal analytic method
Understand legal procedure and the role of the paralegal in the American legal system
  • Analyze rules of precedent in substantive legal areas
  • Apply legal principles to real life cases

  1. Suffolk University accepts Legal Specialty course credits in transfer
  2. Suffolk University will generally only accept course credits in transfer as legal specialty courses from another ABA approved program
  3. Requests to accept transfer credits as legal specialty courses are reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Directors, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Registrar:
    1. Transfer credit for Legal Specialty courses is evaluated by the Admissions Office in consultation with the Undergraduate Law Program Directors, who review the course descriptions
    2. A student wishing to transfer credits as a legal specialty course bears the burden of proving the course is a legal specialty course
    3. Where necessary, the Program Directors will review the course description and syllabus from a transfer student’s originating University
  4. The Program does not accept Legal Research and Writing courses as the equivalent of those courses at Suffolk University unless the other institution is ABA approved. Those students may either choose to take the Legal Research & Writing II course at Suffolk and achieve a B or better in that class, or they may choose to take both classes at Suffolk and count their previous course as a LAWU elective
  5. Students seeking to transfer credits taken online from an ABA approved program must notify the Legal Studies Program Directors that the course was taken online. The decision whether to accept credits earned online rests with the Legal Studies Program Directors in consultation with the Registrar and Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Legal specialty credit will not be granted for online courses that were earned in a program that is not ABA approved
  6. Final determination of the acceptance of transfer credit for legal specialty courses taken at other institutions, including ABA approved programs, is made by the Program Directors. Credits for University-level courses taken at other accredited institutions that are not accepted as legal specialty credits may be accepted as general education credits
  7. The following limits are placed on the number of Legal Specialty courses accepted in transfer:
    1. Transfer students from ABA-approved paralegal programs working towards an Associate’s degree must take four Paralegal courses at Suffolk and two of the four courses must be required courses
    2. Transfer students from ABA-approved paralegal programs working toward a bachelor’s degree must take at least four Legal Specialty courses while in residence at Suffolk University
    3. For the Certificate option, students may transfer up to eight hours of Legal Specialty credit from an ABA approved school, which generally translates to two courses of the six courses required to complete the Certificate
  8. The Program does not award transfer credit by examination or portfolio

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.