Legal Studies

Students participate in a mock trial at the Cumberland County Courthouse

The Legal Studies Program is Approved by the American Bar Association, and Students who graduate from the Legal Studies program are eligible to take the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Certification Exam.

Paralegal work is a fast growing field which is increasingly using college graduates. The field is expanding because lawyers use paralegals as a cost effective way of providing excellent services to their clients. With an interest in law or simply wanting to help others, a legal studies minor can do wonders. A legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law; to do so would be the Unauthorized Practice of Law and a violation of the Code of Ethics for the American Bar Association.

The 21 semester hour Legal Studies minor is a program designed to prepare students to enter the legal profession. The program provides a working knowledge of the legal system in the United States. The program serves as preparation for students who wish to take the national certification examination (offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants) to become a legal assistant. The program prepares students to enter the legal profession as paralegals.

The Legal Studies minor provides valuable preparation for aspiring law school students. A quick overview of the curriculum shows that the minor offers courses that are reflective of the first year of law school. With a firm foundation, students are able to enter law school with proven skills that are critical to one’s performance.

Mission

To prepare students in the Legal Studies program for careers in the legal profession.

Goals

  • To substantially improve students’ knowledge about the law and the legal system.
  • To ensure students demonstrate the skills and abilities needed to enter the workforce as a paralegal professional.

Faculty

Wendy Vonnegut, Esq.

Wendy Vonnegut, Esq., J.D.,

Director, Legal Studies Program; Associate Professor of Legal Studies
(910) 630-7491
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Wendy Vonnegut, Esq.
Wendy Vonnegut, Esq., J.D.,

Director, Legal Studies Program; Associate Professor of Legal Studies

B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; J.D., Mercer University

Bio:

Professor Vonnegut is President of the Southern Association of PreLaw Advisors and currently serves on the board of directors for the Child Advocacy Center of Cumberland County. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Small Business Center at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

(910) 630-7491
Trustees 215