This program prepares students to perform effectively in today’s legal and business communities with a broad-based academic curriculum emphasizing the skills, substantive knowledge, and ethics a paralegal needs to assist lawyers. This degree can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Most major field courses are offered in the evenings. The general education courses are offered days and evenings.

Paralegal work requires discretion and independent judgment; a paralegal works under the supervision and direction of an attorney. Even though a paralegal can perform many of the tasks that have otherwise been performed by attorneys, they may not give legal advice, represent a client in court, or otherwise engage in the practice of law.

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

CourseTitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
IST 102CPC Applications303
PLGL 106CIntroduction to Legal Studies1303
PLGL 107CContracts and Torts1303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
 16
Spring Semester
ACCT 101CAccounting I303
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication or   
ENGL xxxCEnglish elective3-403-4
MATH 124CCollege Algebra404
PLGL 110CLitigation and Trial Preparation1303
PLGL 225CLegal Research and Writing1,2324
 17-18

Second Year

CourseTitleCLLABCR
ACCT 102CAccounting II303
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
PLGL 221CReal Estate1303
PLGL 251CProbate Estates and Trusts1303
PLGL 262CCriminal Law and Procedures1303
 15
Spring Semester
XX xxxCLanguage or30-23-4
XX xxxCGeneral Education elective303
PLGL 231CBusiness Organizations and Bankruptcy1303
PLGL 242CDomestic Relations Law1303
PLGL 270CInternship/Seminar1093
XX xxxCLab Science elective3324
XX xxxCSocial Science elective4303
 19-20
Total Credits67-69

1Indicates major field course      

2A $125 fee will be assessed for all students taking PLGL 225. This fee will cover costs associated with ABA dues, Lexis/Nexis, and UNH School of Law Library.

3BIOL 100C, CHEM 100C, and PHYS 100C do not meet the science requirement.

4Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C)

  • Interview with department chair scheduled by the department chair once applications are complete
  • Two confidential letters of reference
  • 200-word essay with reasons for choosing the Paralegal Studies program (to evaluate writing skills)

NHTI graduates will be exposed to the legal system and the role of paralegals within the profession, the ethical rules governing lawyers and paralegals, and the operation of a law office. Through the course sequence in the
degree, NHTI graduates will be:

  • Able to assist in most aspects of legal research and in the preparation of clear and concise legal writings on a topic of their choosing
  • Introduced to Lexis/Nexis
  • Able to assist in virtually all phases of litigation and property transactions
  • Able to assist in the formation, daily administration, and dissolution of a corporate entity
  • Able to assist in the planning and administration of a decedent’s estate
  • Prepared to assist in the drafting of pleadings and in the completion of preliminary research in the area of family law
  • Exposed to the various elements of N.H.’s criminal practice and procedure

Graduates may either enter the work force directly after graduation or continue their education at a four-year institution. They are trained for professional status as lawyers’ assistants in banks, corporations, government agencies, insurance companies, and law firms.

This degree program is approved by the American Bar Association and is designed to prepare students to perform effectively in today’s legal and business communities.

 

Background checks are completed by potential employers prior to obtaining any position with arrest or detention power and typically before being accepted for an internship. Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law may not be employable or eligible for an internship. Because future goals may be compromised, applicants are advised to discuss any concerns with the department chair.

 

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