Feb 27, 2020
Legal Assistant Studies
Associate Professor Karen McGuffee, Coordinator
The Legal Assistant Studies Program is committed to providing students with a well-rounded legal education focused on the knowledge of substantive and procedural law and the acquisition of the practical skills necessary for a career in the legal profession. Students will become ethically informed, culturally sensitive, engaged scholars and practitioners.
- Students will complete a core curriculum emphasizing substantive and procedural law.
- Graduates of the program will report they have the practical skills necessary to prepare them for a career in this field.
- Graduates will report they have the ability to write clearly and effectively; have good computer and oral communication skills; and have experience integrating ideas from various sources and courses.
- Students will demonstrate they have the necessary legal research and writing skills to be employed in the field.
- Graduates will report they have an increased understanding of people from other racial and ethnic backgrounds.
- Students will experience a curriculum that requires them to think about ethics as it relates to legal assistant studies.
Continuation and Graduation Standards:
In view of the nature of legal assistance and the fact that individual rights may be affected by individuals providing legal assistance, the following standards will be applied by the Legal Assistant Studies faculty:
- To progress in Legal Assistant Studies, students are required to:
- maintain a 2.5 (4.0 = A) grade point average in all legal assistant studies courses, and;
- maintain an active liability insurance policy for the legal assistant practicum
- If in the judgment of the faculty there is a reason to question the academic, emotional, ethical, or professional fitness of a student, the faculty have the right to make recommendations regarding continuation in the program.
- Students who fail legal assistant studies courses may not be allowed to progress in the program. Students may only repeat a Legal Assistant Studies course(s) one time.
The program also welcomes students who hold a two-year degree or who have had some legal and/or college courses. Students in the program must complete the University General Education requirements or transfer the equivalent and 51 hours of Legal Assistant Studies course work and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. Transfer students majoring in Legal Assistant Studies must take a minimum of 15 hours from approved Legal Assistant Studies courses at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
(see Certified General Education Courses for list of approved courses)
Rhetoric and Writing: (6 hours)
- Two approved courses in rhetoric and writing
Fine Arts and Humanities: (12 hours)
- Complete one approved course in each subcategory
Historical Understanding (3 hours)
Thought, Values and Beliefs (3 hours)
Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours)
Natural Sciences: (7-8 hours)
- Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component
Behavioral and Social Sciences: (6 hours)
- Two approved behavioral or social science courses in two different disciplines
Mathematics: (3 hours)
- One approved mathematics course
Statistics: (3 hours)
- One approved statistics course
Non-Western Culture: (3 hours)
- One approved non-western culture course
Legal Assistant Studies core courses (24 hours) including:
12 hours from the following with at least 6 hours at the 3000-4000 level and no more than six hours from any one discipline:
Additional Information and Notes
2.0 average overall, 2.0 UTC average and 2.5 GPA in all required major and related courses (including specified General Education courses).
Minimum of 15 hours LAS courses at UTC.
Minimum of 39 hours of 3000 and 4000 level courses.
Electives to complete 120 hours.
See Degree and Graduation Requirements for additional requirements.
ClearPath Showcases provide students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath Showcases also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree. Students should also meet regularly with their academic advisor.