Legal Studies 


Welcome to the UVU Legal Studies Program, home of the only ABA-approved Bachelor's degree for paralegal studies in Utah.

The UVU legal studies associates degree programs and certificate are also ABA-approved.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.



Justice Deno Himonas of the Utah Supreme Court will be here on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to speak to legal studies students about the "Licensed Paralegal Practitioner" career track being considered by the court.  Paralegals licensed under this program would be able to provide certain legal services directly to the public.  His talk will be in Centre Stage from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.  The UVU community is invited to attend.



The UVU Legal Studies Program strives to provide a rigorous education and real-world training to prepare students for careers as paralegals and in other law-related occupations in Utah and nationally.  The program focuses on producing exceptional graduates with the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for success in the legal field and with the practical skills required in today's legal marketplace.



Utah Supreme Court Authorizes New Career Track:  Licensed Paralegal Practitioner



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Utah Valley Paralegals



New Curriculum Effective Fall 2016


  • This degree is designed for students who want to prepare for a career as a paralegal and who have no immediate plans to continue on in the Bachelor's degree program.  It requires fewer general education classes but more career prep paralegal studies classes.

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

  • This is the only ABA-approved bachelor's degree in paralegal studies offered in Utah.

Post-Degree Certificate in Paralegal Studies

  • This program is for students who already have an A.S., A.A., or Bachelor's degree in another subject.  Unfortunately, an A.A.S. in another field does not satisfy this requirement.  (ABA rule.)  You must have already completed your qualifying degree before you start work on the paralegal studies certificate.
  • This degree is designed for students who plan to continue on in the Bachelor's degree program immediately.  It meets the additional general education courses required for the B.S. but requires fewer paralegal studies classes. It is not recommended for immediate entry into the paralegal profession.  (See Associate of Applied Science instead.)

Minor in Legal Studies

  • The minor does not prepare you for a career as a paralegal and is not ABA-approved.  It is designed for maximum flexibility for students who plan to go to law school or who have other reasons for wanting preparation in law.



"Just Enough Blue Book" - Latest PDFs- Spring 2016 version

JEBB Booklet

Table 1

Combined Tables 6, 8, & 13 (Haven't changed since last version)

Legal Studies Advisory Committee 2015-2016

Name Title & Organization
Christina Cope Region III Director, Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar Association
Steve Averett Judge Pro Tempore and J. Reuben Clark Law School Librarian (BYU)
Gregory J. Sanders Shareholder, Kipp & Christian, P.C., Salt Lake City
Diane Samudio Paralegal
Danielle Allison Alumni Representative; Owner, Expert Paralegal Services
Alex Peterson Partner, Peck Peterson, LLP,  Salt Lake City
Lauree Roberts Alumni Representative, Public Sector Paralegal, Office of the Murray City Attorney
Carolyn Hofheins-Howard Master Mediator; Adjunct Faculty
R. Brett Evanson Partner, Evanson Weber, PLLC
Kiersty Loughmiller Law Clerk/Bailiff - Utah State Courts
Lesleigh Ashby Public Sector Paralegal, Utah State Courts, 4th District & Juvenile Courts
Tom Seiler Robinson, Seiler & Assoc., Commissioner of Utah State Bar Association
Neil Skousen Practicing Lawyer, Private Practice
Judge James Taylor Fourth Judicial District, State of Utah
Richard F. Brunst, Jr.

Mayor, City of Orem

Create Your Personal Graduation Plan Today

  • Avoid accumulating credits you don't need for graduation.
  • Make sure the University schedules the classes you need when you need them.

You could graduate in 3 years!

  1. Enroll in 15 credits each semester. See "15 to Finish" for more information on the financial and academic benefits of completing 15 credits a semester.
  2. Enroll in summer semester to expedite graduation.

Generic graduation plan based on a full-time student who does not need developmental courses and does not have transfer credit

See your advisor to develop your individualized plan in Wolverine Track:

Program Director


Administrative Assistant

Transfer Policy

The Legal Studies Program accepts transfer credit for up to 9 credit hours of "legal specialty courses."  If you have questions, contact the Program Director.

For more information visit UVU's transfer page.


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