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Paralegal Studies

The mission of the Paralegal Studies Program is to engage students in the scholarly pursuit of the law and its practice. The Program is committed to provide students with knowledge of procedural and substantive law and a professional skill set that will prepare them for employment in a changing and competitive legal environment.

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

A degree in Paralegal Studies prepares students to become part of a vital and growing profession working within their communities to pursue justice, provide social and legal services, and protect basic human rights. Graduates are employed in private law practice, court services, corporate legal departments, mortgage and title companies, legal education, government and political offices, non-profit organizations, law enforcement/corrections, real estate sales, property management, and human resources. The degree also provides unique preparation for students interested in graduate or law school. The curriculum is student-centered and employment-focused. It combines instruction in hard and soft skills, legal theory and service learning.

Starting in Fall 2020 the major in Paralegal Studies will require a minimum of 42 semester hours. Paralegal Studies majors are required to have a minor or second major in another academic discipline. For additional information on the requirements for the Paralegal Studies major, please visit the WKU Undergradute Catalog.

For students with a catalog year prior to Fall 2020, the major in Paralegal Studies requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and does not require a minor or second major in another discipline. For additional requirements for the Paralegal Studies major prior to Fall 2020, please visit the 2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog.

If you would like to learn more about Paralegal Studies, e-mail Professor Julie Shadoan at Julie.Shadoan@wku.edu.

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

The pre-professional certificate in Paralegal Studies combines legal theory and professional skills preparing graduates for immediate employment or advancement within the field. It requires completion of 15 hours of legal specialty core courses and 6 hours of legal specialty course electives.    

For additional requirements for the Paralegal Studies certificate, please visit the WKU Undergradute Catalog.


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Paralegal Studies

Department of Political Science

  • 270-780-2539
  • 270-745-2945
  • Grise Hall 306
    1906 College Heights Blvd., #11060
    Bowling Green, KY 42101-1067   



Julie Shadoan
Julie Shadoan, J.D.

Professor / Paralegal Studies Advisor














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