Credit for Training
The values of Character, Competence and Commitment have been part of the University of Great Falls’ mission since its founding in 1932. At the University of Great Falls you will receive a high quality liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. The University of Great Falls has been providing Distance Learning as an alternative to its students since 1979. The University of Great Falls takes great pride in its ability to deliver quality courses to its Distance Students. The University’s American Bar Association accredited Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies Program and Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal and Paralegal Programs are available on-line to Army Paralegals who have successfully completed their Army 27D10 AIT Training.
Although a paralegal cannot practice law, give legal advice or provide legal services directly to the public, unless permitted by law, it is an exciting a rewarding field. The Legal and Paralegal Studies Program at the University of Great Falls not only prepares students to assume challenging paralegal positions but also serves as a stepping stone for those who want to go to law school. The required Legal Specialty Courses provide a balance between legal theory and practical application while the Legal Electives allow students to pursue other areas of law which are of special interest to them.
The University of Great Falls uses two different technologies in its Distance Learning; Lync and Moodle.
Lync allows Distance Students to attend classes in real time. This creates a learning environment where students can speak directly to professor and fellow students. If a student’s schedule does not allow them to take classes in real time then Moodle is their answer.
According to Jason Cole and Helen Foster in their book Using Moodle-Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course Management System, “Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is an open source Course Management System that universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, businesses, and even individual instructors use to add web technology to their courses. More than 30,000 educational organizations around the world currently use Moodle to deliver online courses and to supplement face-to-face courses.” Because of its asynchronous format Moodle allows Army Students at the University of Great Falls to work on the course where and when it is most convenient to them.
Additional services the University of Great Falls makes available to its Army students include access to an extensive online library with more than eighty (80) electronic databases. Included in those databases are Academic OneFile, Criminal Justice Collection, ProQuest Criminal Justice, LegalTrac, WestLaw Campus Research and WestLawPro.
Access is also available to the University’s student services such as career counseling assistance, placement assistance, resume writing, interviewing and tutoring.
The mission of the University of Great Falls Legal and Paralegal Studies Program is to prepare students to enter into the paralegal profession or go onto law school. The three full-time professors who make up the Legal and Paralegal Studies Department (all of them current or former practicing attorneys) take great pride in providing courses which assist their students in mastering the skills needed to make them competent and successful paralegals and/or law students.
The Legal and Paralegal Studies Program at the University of Great Falls has established and maintains the following goals for the Program:
· To understand and utilize the concepts of critical and analytical thinking skills.
· To understand and demonstrate the importance of effective communication skills required of a paralegal professional.
· To have a working knowledge of the Federal and State Court Systems.
· To be adept at computerized and manual legal research techniques.
· To develop professional quality legal writing skills.
· To understand and utilize the principles of effective time management, management of office resources and the interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain professional relationships.
· To understand and follow the Rules and Responsibility/ethical conduct for the legal profession including, but not limited to, the limitations paralegals have regarding the giving of legal advice and/or practicing law.
· To educate and train students in areas of procedural and substantive law which are fundamental to the paralegal profession.
Application for Admission
To join the University of Great Falls/Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal and Paralegal Studies Program a prospective student must first apply for and be admitted to the University of Great Falls. Application for admission can be completed on-line by going to the University of Great Falls web page at www.ugf.edu. Those applicants who have preliminary questions or need assistance with the application process can obtain help by contacting the Admissions Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (406) 791-5202.
Transfer Credits and Transcripts
Upon being accepted to the University of Great Falls the University’s Registrar will evaluate the student’s college transcript(s) and military training to determine the number of transfer credits which the University of Great Falls will accept and apply towards the credit requirements for an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal and Paralegal Studies.
The following University of Great Falls’ Legal and Paralegal Studies courses will be considered satisfied provided the student transferring to the University of Great Falls has completed the Army’s 27D10, 27D20 and/or 27D30 training.
I. Credit Given for 27D10 Soldiers
1. PLG 101 (Introduction to Paralegalism) – 3 Semester Credits
2. PLG 203 (Introduction to Legal Analysis) – 3 Semester Credits
3. Approved Legal Electives – 4 Semester Credits
II. Credit Given for 27D20 and 27D30 Soldiers
1. Additional credit will be given per review by the Registrar
The University of Great Falls, in association with the United Sates Department of Defense, offers University of Great Falls students affiliated with the Army a discounted rate per credit hour. The current discounted rate is Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250) per credit hour.
Once a student is accepted to the University of Great Falls they will be assigned an Advisor. From that point on the Advisor will assist the student in determining what courses are needed to complete their degree and the best schedule to complete those courses.
In addition to the Admissions Office, the following can be contacted to answer questions about the University of Great Falls and the University of Great Falls/Air Force Paralegal Studies Program: