Paralegal Studies

Clarion University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Paralegal Studies, as well as an Advanced Paralegal Certificate and Advanced Paralegal Oil and Gas Certificate.

Clarion University will not, from this day forward, be accepting new students into the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies. The students currently enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to complete their degree.

The programs prepare graduates to assist lawyers and their clients in law offices, courthouses, and governmental institutions. In addition, when authorized to do so by administrative, statutory, or court authority, graduates of the program may operate as independent contractors. The paralegal studies program is designed to provide for the education of paralegals. A legal assistant or paralegal is 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. A paralegal may not practice law.

Frank Shepard, Esq.
Program Director
307 Dana Still Hall
Clarion University of PA
Clarion, PA 16214
814 393 2607
814 393 1240

Program Objectives:

The Paralegal graduate shall have an understanding of:

  • Basic business practices including communication, accounting and management
  • Business lawlegal research methods
  • The procedures and documents necessary to successfully aide an attorney through the civil litigation process

The Paralegal shall be/have:

  • Proficient at legal writing and be able to express in coherent and legal terms the results of legal research and the application of those legal principles to specific factual situations
  • Able to draft documents that aide in the litigation process
  • Proficient understanding of computerized legal research including both the Internet and specific legal research data bases such as Lexis-Nexis
  • A well rounded general education that shall aide the student in their career as a paralegal

If the student selects:

  • Wills, Trusts And Estates the student shall be able to draft wills and estate forms that shall enable the paralegal to be a successful aide during the entire probate process
  • Administrative Law the student shall be able to aide the attorney in all aspects of administrative law and thorough and complete understanding of Social Security Disability and Unemployment Compensation
  • Real Estate Law the student shall have a thorough understanding of the nature of property law and be able to draft all necessary documents for the transfer of real estate
  • Family Law the student shall have a thorough understanding of the law of custody, divorce, and adoptions to enable the paralegal to be a successful aide to the attorney, both through their knowledge of the substantive law and proper document preparation

Paralegal Studies Policy on Transfer Credits, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Prior Learning Assessment Credit:

  • No less than 30 credits of the total required 68 credits must be earned in residence at Venango campus. This 30-credit total may not include either CLEP or Prior Learning Assessment Credit.
  • The general education requirements must be met by coursework taken as part of the program or by transfer credit. 
  • Students can transfer general education courses to Clarion University as long as the course was taken at a regionally or nationally recognized accredited institution. This determination is made by the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit is only given if the course is considered equivalent by the department teaching the course for which credit may be given. Final approval must be granted by the dean of the college which houses the course in question.
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania will not accept any legal specialty course credit that was not received from an ABA approved program. 
  • Students transferring to Clarion University must take more than 50 percent of their legal specialty credits at Clarion. In addition, transfer students must complete a minimum of 10 semester  credits of their legal specialty credits through traditional classroom instruction at Clarion  University.
  • Any credit that would be applied to a legal specialty course must be approved the Dean of the College of Business Administration and Information Sciences to insure that the course is equivalent to ours.

All Clarion University Paralegal Programs are approved by the American Bar Association. Clarion University is one of 268 institutions nationwide whose paralegal programs are approved by the American Bar Association.


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Last Updated 10/3/18