Sullivan University

Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students. The institution offers career-focused curricula with increasing rigor from the certificate through diploma, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels. Throughout those curricula, the university seeks to promote the development of critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, computer literacy, and teamwork as well as an appreciation for life-long learning, cultural diversity and the expression of professionalism in all activities. At the graduate level, the university also seeks to promote a culture of research.

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Paralegals work in all facets of the legal system—in large and small law firms, in courtrooms, in government and in corporate legal departments. Attorneys recognize the valuable contribution paralegals make in increasing the effectiveness and productivity of the legal system. Accordingly, paralegals perform legal research, conduct interviews, draft documents and complete many tasks critical to the efficient operation of law offices. It should be noted that paralegals cannot give legal advice or represent a client in a court of law nor engage in other forms of unauthorized practice of law. The Institute for Legal Studies at Sullivan University began in 1979 and offers programs of study that lead students to challenging and rewarding careers as paralegals. Most paralegal courses are taught by attorneys who not only understand the complexities of the law, but also can instruct students on the practical skills needed to be paralegals. In addition, the legal reference section of the Sullivan University Library and Learning Resource Center provides access to law books, materials and computerized databases such as LexisNexis® and Westlaw® that enhance the learning potential of all paralegal studies students. The goals and objectives of The Institute for Legal Studies are to educate students effectively and efficiently for employment as paralegals and to provide graduates with viable employment in the legal field commensurate with their Sullivan University education. All Paralegal Studies programs are approved by The American Bar Association.


Upon completion of a bachelor's degree from Sullivan University (or other institutions) and 60 plus hours of core requirements as stated by Sullivan, students are awarded with a Paralegal Studies post-baccalaureate certificate.

With exposure to the same law course work necessary for Paralegal Studies associate degree, this certificate program is designed to allow individuals with a prior degree to complete a short program study.


  • 60 Credit Hours
  • Extends over 9 months


General courses, basic courses and paralegal core courses are grouped to allow students an inclusive education at which, upon completion, students earn an Associate of Science Degree in paralegal studies. Those that complete the program are capable of working as paralegals for the government, with law firms, RMS and in the business.


  • 104 Credit Hours
  • Extends over 18 months


The Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies (B.S.P.S.) degree has been created to further students' skills and abilities by revealing advanced paralegal course work along with other business related courses. The BSPS curriculum provides a comprehensive education.

In the process of training in the expansive areas of paralegal practice, the Paralegal Studies bachelor's degree graduates are able to broad their spectrum of opportunities and develop a keen business sense. It can also serve as a great bachelor's degree program for students that can foster success for law school.


  • 182 Credit Hours

Extends over 36 months

Please note that the length pertains to graduating in normal time.


List of education programs offered by Sullivan University

  • Paralegal Studies

Sullivan University list of campuses

  • Sullivan University - Lexington - Lexington, (Kentucky)
  • Sullivan University - Louisville - Louisville, (Kentucky)


Sullivan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Sullivan University.

The Paralegal Studies Program of The Institute for Legal Studies at Sullivan University’s Louisville and Lexington Campuses is approved by the American Bar Association.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at, http://pages.sullivan.edu/programsuccess/ 


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