Associate's Degree Programs
At the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, we are passionate about helping adults pursue their education while balancing the pressures of work and family life. MSPS accepts applications on a rolling basis. Students may start a program in any semester. Apply now for Spring, classes start January 9th, 2017.
New Academic Program: Paralegal Studies
Degree or Certificate Earned: Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies, and Paralegal Studies Certificate
Description of the New Academic Program:
The Paralegal Studies Program will offer students two different options for receiving paralegal credentials:
The primary concern of a paralegal education program is to develop professional competence, which requires both general education and legal specialty course work. The Paralegal Studies Program is an undergraduate, part-time program taught in-person at CUA’s Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS). Prospective students will be non-traditional undergraduate students who are working adults. Prospective students will not need a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the program.
The AA-PS will consist of 63 credit hours split between a General Education curriculum of 24 or more credit hours and a specialized Law curriculum of 39 credit hours, including a mandatory legal internship. The AA-PS is designed for students who enter the program with little to no higher education experience, and thus, need to complete all or most of the general education requirements. Students enrolled in AA-PS will focus their legal specialty course work in one of two tracks: General Practice or Litigation Practice. The curriculum is designed to be completed within 6 full-time semesters or 10 part-time semesters. All students will be required to participate in a legal internship during their last year in the program.
The PSC will consist of 39 credit hours of specialized Law curriculum, including a mandatory legal internship. The PSC is designed for students who enter the program with a previous undergraduate degree (associate or bachelor) or who have completed substantial general education requirements. Students enrolled in AA-PS will focus their legal specialty course work in one of two tracks: General Practice or Litigation Practice. The curriculum is designed to be completed within 3 full-time semesters or 6 part-time semesters. All students will be required to participate in a legal internship during their last year in the program.
Keeping in mind the American Bar Association’s (ABA) requirements for paralegal education as well as using a sample curriculum published by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) as a guide, the AA-PS program would offer the following courses. Course offerings will be subject to change based upon the recommendations of the program’s advisory committee and faculty.