Accounting/Business Majors

Paralegal Studies

Grand View’s Paralegal Studies program integrates the traditional liberal arts curriculum with courses specific to the major. That means you’ll develop additional knowledge and skills to provide added career opportunities. We also offer invaluable internships that connect you to many businesses and organizations in the Des Moines area and even as far away as Washington, D.C.

Grand View is the only college in Iowa offering a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. Our program is designed as a two + two program, which means those of you who’ve completed a legal assistant/paralegal associate degree program can transfer to Grand View to complete your baccalaureate degree. We’ll help you build on your previous experiences so you can expand your employment opportunities.

Grand View’s College for Professional and Adult Learning offers the Paralegal Studies major in an accelerated format with classes meeting evenings and alternate Saturdays.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite Courses:
Completion of an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. or other appropriate degrees for Paralegal or Legal Assistant Program's requirements.

Departmental Courses Required of all Majors: 33 semester credits including a common Paralegal Studies core of 15 credits and 18 additional credit hours in one of the three concentrations.

Paralegal Studies Common Core:

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Fundamentals
  • Internship
  • Writing for Business
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Senior Seminar

Business and Human Resource Mangagement Concentration

  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Human Resource Management

And 9 credits from:

  • Staffing, Training, and Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employment Law and Labor Relations
  • Special Topics (As Approved)

Criminology Concentration

  • American Constitutional Law and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Criminological Theory

And 9 credits from:

  • Social Problems
  • Crime and the Media
  • Women and Crime
  • Serial Killers
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • The Sociology of the Weird and Bizarre
  • Special Topics (as approved)

Public Administration Concentration

  • Principles of Macro Economics
  • Public Policy
  • State and Local Government
  • American Constitutional Law and Development
  • Public Finance
  • 3 hours of upper-division credits from BSAD, POLS, or PSYC/SOCS

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

When you graduate with a major in Paralegal Studies, you'll have developed additional expertise. You may choose to remain in the paralegal profession or use your additional education to pursue career interests beyond paralegal, such as law school, government agencies, community legal service programs, juvenile justice organizations, corrections or human resources management.

Reference Documents

2015-16 Requirements

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2014-15 Requirements

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2013-14 Requirements

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2012-13 Requirements

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2010-12 Requirements

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