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.
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.
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).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a membership application online.
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
Paralegal Studies Coordinator
Paralegal Studies Program
218 Brister Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Tiffany G. Johnson, Esq.
Manning Hall, Room 400G
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Educating paralegals since 1979...