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Released: 07/30/1999

<p> Beginning this fall, Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) will offer a new degree program for individuals interested in working in the legal field. LSUA recently received final approval from the Board of Regents to offer the associate in paralegal studies degree. </p><p> "The objective of the associate in paralegal studies is to prepare individuals for careers as paralegals, legal secretaries and legal assistants," said Dr. Russell Dabbs, head, Division of Business Administration. "A survey of local attorneys was conducted to assess the need for this training in central Louisiana. The responses were positive that there is a growing demand for workers in this field." </p><p> The Division of Business Administration will administer the program which includes courses such as civil litigation, business law, real estate law, judicial process and legal research and writing. The program also includes general education course work, required courses and electives. </p><p> Paralegal Studies 1001: Introduction to Paralegal Studies will be offered this fall on Monday evenings from 6-8:50 p.m. beginning August 23. Additional courses that satisfy curriculum requirements will also be offered including Criminal Justice 2132, Accounting 2000 and other general education requirements. </p><p> Registration for the fall semester will be August 18 and 19. For details about enrolling in the new associate in paralegal studies degree program, contact Dr. Dabbs at 473-6414. For general information about admission to the University, contact the Admissions Office at 473-6417 or 1-888-473-6417. Applications and general information are also available on the Internet at </p>