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Paralegal Studies Program Organizations and Resources
In the Paralegal Studies Program, students acquire the knowledge and skills required to provide substantive legal services under the supervision of an attorney. Only licensed attorneys are permitted to practice law.  However, they maximize efficiency and productivity by adding qualified paralegals and legal assistants to their support staff.  Not only are paralegals integral to law firms, but their unique skill sets are becoming increasingly vital to corporations, government agencies, state and federal courts, law enforcement, health care organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, and a wide range of other professional settings.


The Paralegal Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree (BPS) with a concentration in Paralegal Services. The core curriculum emphasizes four correlated disciplines: (1) theory, process, application, and ethics of law; (2) legal and administrative research and investigation; (3) law-related technologies, and (4) professional decorum and communication skills.  The Program is designed to equip students for employment as essential support staff for licensed attorneys.


Transferring Credits


The Paralegal Studies Program welcomes students coming to UM to expand upon the education they began at other institutions. We are committed to making the transfer process as seamless as possible.  However, there are many differences between schools, instructors, and curricula.  Therefore, transfer acceptance is not guaranteed and can only be granted on a case-by-case basis.  Students seeking to transfer credits earned at another instruction are strongly advised to consult with their UM academic advisor as early as possible to have their transcripts evaluated for course equivalency.  For more information, please see our Degree Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog or contact an Academic Advisor.


Paralegal Internship


Every student seeking a BPS in Paralegal Studies is required to complete a 150-hour internship.  Students may only enroll in the Paralegal Internship during their final year of school and must complete all requirements in the Paralegal Internship Packet.  Although the Program Coordinator and the Academic Advisors are available to assist as necessary, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure an internship position before the semester starts. 

Once a student accepts an internship offer, a permit must be requested to register for the Paralegal Internship course (UNIV 4110).

permit request
 
CAUTION:  Every semester, there are several sections of UNIV 4110 offered to students in all disciplines.  Only one section is designated exclusively for paralegal students.  The registration paperwork is also different for paralegal students versus those in other fields of study.  Students must be sure to register for the correct section of UNIV 4110 and submit the proper paperwork.  For more information on internships, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or send us an email.


Lambda Epsilon Chi

join LEX

Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is a national honor society for paralegals and legal assistants.  It was founded in 1996, and the University of Memphis established its local Chapter in 2007.

 

Local affiliate membership is open to all students in the Paralegal Studies Program. Members may apply to be inducted into the National Honor Society at any time after earning at least 80 credits (two-thirds of the degree requirements).  National Inductees must also have a 3.5 GPA in their paralegal classes and a 3.25 GPA overall.  All National Inductees who apply before the deadline and pay any requisite fees are recognized at graduation with a purple cord and sash and the official LEX certificate and pin. Contact Lambda Epsilon Chi for more information at lex@memphis.edu or submit a membership application online.

 


Contact Us


Do you have additional questions about the Paralegal Studies Program?  Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us using the information below.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Main Office

Paralegal Studies Coordinator

Paralegal Studies Program
218 Brister Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
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Phone: 901.678.2176
Fax: 901.678.4913
Email: paralegal@memphis.edu

Tiffany G. Johnson, Esq.
Manning Hall, Room 400G
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
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Phone: 901.678.2176
Fax: 901.678.4913
Email: tgjohnsn@memphis.edu

Educating paralegals since 1979...

Paralegal Listserv

Don’t miss out!  Subscribe to the Paralegal Studies Listserv to be kept informed of all the latest news from our faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.  Below are just a few of the things you can expect to see in Listserv postings:

•    Job and internship announcements
•    Minutes from the LEX meetings
•    Information on speakers and other
      special events
•    Graduation information
•    Scholarship information
•    Departmental news
•    Student and faculty spotlights
•    Book swaps, study groups, and
      other student resources
•    Conferences, seminars, professional
      development opportunities
•    Links to student surveys and other
      feedback opportunities
•    Legal news and case briefs
•    And much, much more!

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Additional Resources

•    Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance
•    Memphis Paralegal Association
•    Legal Professionals of Memphis
      (MLSA)

•    NALS – The Association for Legal
      Professionals

•    National Association for Legal
      Assistants (NALA)

•    National Federation of Paralegal
      Associations (NFPA)

•    American Association for Paralegal
      Education (AAfPE)

•    American Bar Association (ABA)
•    NALA Paralegal Certification
•    UM Pre-Law Information
•    UM Mock Trial Team
•    Tennessee State Courts
•    Federal Courts
•    Job Outlook for Paralegals
•    Legal Thought and Liberal Studies
      Minor

•    Legal Research Tutorials:
        − Westlaw Training Videos
        − LexisNexis Academic
            Training Videos
•    Frequently Asked Questions

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