In the Paralegal Studies Program, students acquire professional knowledge and skills
necessary to perform substantive legal work under the direction and supervision of
an attorney. Only licensed attorneys are permitted to practice law; however, qualified
paralegals and legal assistants working under attorney supervision can contribute
significantly to the efficient delivery of legal services in an expanding variety
of private law office, corporate, and government agency settings.
The program offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree. The paralegal professional
core courses within this degree program emphasize theoretical and practical applications
of legal and ethical principles; collection, organization, and critical analysis of
legal materials; effective communications and computer skills; initiative, flexibility,
and cooperation in the workplace; and, preparation to meet the challenges of the profession
while avoiding the unauthorized practice of law by laypersons.
"Paralegals and legal assistants are prohibited from practicing law.
The practice of law generally includes the following activities:
(Schneeman, Angela. Paralegal Ethics . Canada: West Publishing, 2000.)
- Setting fees for legal work.
- Giving legal advice.
- Preparing or signing legal documents.
- Representing another before a court or other tribunal."
The University of Memphis' Paralegal Studies Program
is approved by the American Bar Association.
Information about the Paralegal Studies Program
Newsletter for the University of Memphis Paralegal Studies Program
Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society for Paralegal Students
Information about the Memphis Paralegal Association