Legal Paraprofessional Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

NEW!

Arizona has recently created an exciting new tier of legal practitioner that will expand access to representation for people in need of legal assistance.  The new Legal Paraprofessional license is a first-in-the-nation development and puts Arizona at the forefront of innovations in justice and legal practice.

The MLS with a concentration in Legal Paraprofessional (LP) preparation is designed to educate professionals to meet the demand for LPs and provide the necessary coursework to qualify for Arizona Legal Paraprofessional licensure.  Licensed LPs may offer services (in Arizona) in drafting, signing, and filing legal documents; provide advice, opinions, or recommendations about legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, or strategies; appear before a court or tribunal on behalf of a client; and negotiate for a client in their area of practice. 

After meeting educational and/or experiential requirements, LP applicants must pass a state administered examination in each area of law in which they intend to practice.  These "endorsement" areas include: family law; limited jurisdiction civil cases; limited jurisdiction criminal cases where no jail time is involved; and administrative law (where the administrative agency allows). 

Supplementing the core legal subjects, this program combines courses offering the minimum credit requirements outlined by state rules for endorsement areas.

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Curriculum

All classes are available online, however not every class is available online every term.  Please consult with an advisor to develop your plan of study.

Required Courses (21 UNITS)

  • LAW 501 - Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 502A - American Common Law System I (3 units)
  • LAW 502B - American Common Law System II (3 units)
  • LAW 504 - American Public Law System (3 units)
  • LAW 507 - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units) 
  • LAW 608 - Evidence (3 Units)
  • LAW 609 - Professional Responsibility (3 units)

Additional Required Endorsement Courses (9 UNITS)

Civil Practice OR Family Law Endorsement:

Note:  The Civil Practice and Family Law endorsement areas require the same additional coursework.  However, the internship or clinical class must be in either civil or family law and does not count towards both endorsements.  To qualify for both endorsements a student must take two internship or clinic classes, one in each area.
  • LAW 556 - Family Law (3 units)
  • LAW 521 - Administrative Law (3 units)
  • LAW 593 or LAW 596 - Legal Internship or Legal Clinic (3 units) (Internship or clinical experience must be related to your future area of authorized practice.)

Criminal Practice Endorsement: 

  • LAW 558 - Criminal Law (3 units)
  • LAW 572 - Criminal Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 593 or LAW 596 - Legal Internship or Legal Clinic (3 units) (Internship or clinical experience must be related to criminal law.)

Administrative Practice Endorsement:

  • LAW 521 - Administrative Law (3 units)
  • LAW 593 or LAW 596 - Legal Internship or Legal Clinic (3 units) (Internship or clinical experience must be related to administrative law.)
  • Elective (3 units)

 

 

 

Updated: 04/02/2021