B.A.S. in Paralegal Studies
The Mike Cottrell College of Business bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.) program in paralegal studies offers students entering the law field after graduation an expertise in legal office management and coursework related to the requisite legal skills vital to a paralegal.
The Mike Cottrell College of Business offers one of only seven programs in the state of Georgia approved by the American Bar Association. This certification states that we have a high quality program with rich curriculum and student resources.
Similar to that of our B.A.S. in technology management, students who enter the B.A.S. degree program in paralegal studies, is specifically designed for students who hold an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree or career associate degree from another institution or may have completed their A.A.S. in paralegal studies at the University of North Georgia.
Paralegal programs offered by the Mike Cottrell College of Business utilize a cohort model, meaning that courses are offered on a two-year rotating schedule.
Paralegals may not provide legal service directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Georgia prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers. Paralegal programs in the Mike Cottrell College of Business are not accredited by the AACSB but are American Bar Association approved.
Bachelor's degree seeking students may declare a Business major at any point, but must successfully complete an online advising module related to their business major and meet admission requirements prior to enrolling in any advanced 3000/4000 level course.
What can you do with a degree in paralegal studies?
Graduates from the program become paralegals in law firms or work in other organizations such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms or financial institutions.
The University of North Georgia (UNG) has adopted the following policy to be used when a student requests transfer credit for any paralegal course taken at another institution. Any student seeking to obtain transfer credit for any specific paralegal course taken at another institution must provide the following documentation and information to the Registrar’s Office: 1. (a) The name and address of the institution; (b) A transcript or other equivalent showing the course title, date taken, and grade received; (c) The course syllabus; and (d) Documentation of whether the paralegal program at the institution has obtained ABA approval. 2. Upon receipt of the above, the Registrar will consult with the Director of the UNG Paralegal Program as to whether transfer credit shall be given for the course requested. 3. Transfer credit will only be allowed if the course complies with all criteria of an equivalent course offered in the UNG Paralegal Studies program. 4. Transfer credit will only be allowed for a course in which the student received a 2.0 or higher. 5. The maximum number of legal specialty credit allowed for transfer shall not exceed nine semester hours. 6. UNG will not allow transfer credit for any course which was taken at an institution (other than a University System of Georgia school) which is not ABA approved. Transfer credit policies for all non-legal specialty courses are available on the Registrar’s transfer information webpage.