Thank you for your interest in the Law and Paralegal Studies Department.
The terms "Paralegal" and "Legal Assistant" are used interchangeably. Both terms refer to people who are specially trained to assist attorneys with all forms of substantive legal work. Paralegals/Legal Assistants are not permitted to practice law. They may perform substantive legal work only under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
In choosing a legal assistant studies as your major provides you with both an understanding of law and the practical skills and technical proficiency needed to competently function in today's complex legal environment.