Paralegal Program

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Day Specialist Program

This program is an intensive 14-week course ideal for the student who wishes to enter the legal profession quickly.

Upcoming Dates
Fall 2014: September 9, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Spring 2015: January 20, 2015 - May 8, 2015
Summer 2015: May 26, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Introduction to Law 31.25 hours
Legal Research 45 hours

General Litigation:
Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Family Law and Criminal Law


Business Litigation:
Civil Litigation, Contracts, Corporations and Intellectual Property

150 hours
Computers in the Legal Field 36 hours

Work Hours 60
Class Hours 10

70 hours
Total Hours 332.25 hours


This course provides practical experience and an opportunity for students to apply skills learned in the classroom to a working environment as they work as interns in law firms, corporations, legal clinics, and government agencies. In addition to performing legal research, interns may interview clients, draft pleadings, interrogatories, and motions, attend and summarize depositions; prepare corporate documents, assist with discovery; draft demand letters and point and authorities; and attend trials and arbitration hearings.  A classroom component prepares students for permanent employment by drafting a resume and job plan, practicing interviewing skills, and learning about ethical issues and law office procedures and policies.

Internships are non-paid and are assigned by the Program Office. Students keep time sheets which reflect hours worked and internship duties.

I chose the USD Paralegal Program as a form of insurance for my choice of going to law school—and it paid off big…. Josh J.