The mission of the Legal Studies Program is to educate students to understand the
role and function of law in our society, to understand and apply fundamental principles
of law through an experiential approach, and to apply critical thinking, ethical conduct,
and respect for others and the rule of law in a global society.
The ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program options also seek to prepare students to
become paralegals with the knowledge, values, and skills to perform effectively as
professionals working under the supervision of attorneys in various legal environments.
- Students understand the structure and functions of the American legal system, including
governmental structure, the court system and alternative methods of dispute resolution,
and recognize the role of law and democratic principles in our society.
- Students can communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Students demonstrate analytic and critical thinking, including using legal reasoning
in the application of basic legal principles to fact situations and the ability to
read cases with understanding and apply case law to legal problems.
- Students demonstrate knowledge of basic legal principles and core substantive and
- Students can conduct literature-based and legal research using library materials as
well as computer assisted research programs to produce reports.
- Students understand professional rules of conduct and demonstrate ethical and professional
- Students demonstrate the ability to work effectively as team members.
- Students demonstrate respect for cultural diversity and the ability to interact productively
with persons from diverse backgrounds.
- Students obtain employment in a legal or law-related setting or acceptance in a graduate
course of study in law, legal studies, conflict management, public policy, public
service, or other related course of study.
Additional Paralegal Concentration Program Outcomes:
- Students can conduct factual investigations, including accessing documentary information
and materials and interviewing clients and witnesses.
- Students demonstrate knowledge of the role of paralegals in various legal settings
and the special concerns and skills involved in such settings, including case and
time management, client relations, and working with attorney supervisors.
The University of New Haven Legal Studies Department has truly given me the skills
and resources to succeed in the legal profession. Their support in and out of the
classroom ensures that their graduates have a sound ability to think analytically
and articulate their thoughts through effective writing. As a senior who is making
his final law school decision, I had the honor of being accepted into a number of
top tier schools and have already received an offer of a full tuition scholarship
as a direct result of the support and guidance of those in the Legal Studies Department.