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Description and Objectives

The LSU Paralegal Studies Program began in 1982. It is a college-level, non-credit program leading to a Certificate of Paralegal Studies. Upon completing the curriculum, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the structure of both state and federal judicial systems. 
  2. Analyze (by briefing) reported legal opinions. 
  3. Research legal problems using primary and secondary resources. 
  4. Write clear, effective legal memoranda, using proper citation form. 
  5. Interview clients and witnesses. 
  6. Understand the procedure in a civil suit and draft appropriate pleadings. 
  7. Be familiar with basic concepts of business organizations and contract law. 
  8. Recognize the ethical standards of the paralegal profession.

Paralegals must work under the supervision of an attorney and are not allowed to give independent legal advice, represent clients in court, or settle claims on behalf of clients.  Paralegals who do so may be charged with the crime of unauthorized practice of law.