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. in Paralegal or Legal
Assistant or all course work done in those majors.

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 & Business Fundamentals
  • Internship AS NEEDED
  • Writing for Business
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Senior Seminar

Business and Human Resource Mangagement Concentration:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Human Resource Management

9 credits from:

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

Criminology Concentration:

  • American Constitutional Law and Development I
  • Social Psychology
  • Criminology

9 credits from:

  • Social Problems
  • Crime and the Media
  • Gangs
  • Women and Crime
  • Serial Killers
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • The Sociology of the Weird and Bizarre
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • (Approved) Special Topics AS NEEDED

Public Administration Concentration:

  • Principles of Macro Economics
  • Principles of Micro Economics
  • State and Local Government
  • American Constitutional Law and Development I
  • Public Finance and Policy

Three hours of upper division credits from BSAD or POLS
or PSYC/SOCS 362 Forensic Psychology.

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

Paralegal Studies Major

2014-15 Requirements

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2013-14 Requirements

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2012-13 Requirements

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2010-12 Requirements

Paralegal Studies Major