EKU Paralegal Program Residency

EKU’s paralegal programs are designed to set you apart from the competition. In this partially online program students have the flexibility to complete all but 10 credit hours of their program 100 percent online. The remaining 10 hours are earned in the form of an intensive, on-campus residency in Richmond, Kentucky.
This unique combination approach gives you the flexibility you need to maintain personal and professional obligations, while also providing an in-person opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with fellow students
  • Network with working paralegals and faculty
  • Help you refine the fundamental skills employers’ value
  • Receive personalized career counseling and job search workshops

When is the residency requirement offered?

The residency is offered once per year in late May on the Richmond, Kentucky campus. The residency duration is a little over two-weeks, running weekdays and weekends, with exact beginning and ending times to be determined prior to each session.

Students can choose to attend either the full residency toward the end of their program; or, split the residency up over two May sessions.

Sample residency schedule

What arrangements will I need to make?

If the student has family and/or work obligations, arrangements must be made accordingly by the student to ensure attendance (i.e. child care and/or requesting time off work). 

A full itinerary and detailed information will be provided to students in early spring, prior to the start of the residency. Parking passes will be distributed on the first day of the residency. 

Lodging is recommend for any student living more than an hour’s drive from Richmond, Kentucky. EKU’s residence halls will be made available to interested students at a nightly rate much lower than that of local hotels and motels. Details for the residence halls will be made available to students in early spring term. If preferred, students can also choose to stay in a nearby hotel.

What will be covered during the residency?

During the residency students will complete 10 credit hours’ worth of upper division paralegal coursework. The residency is divided into two parts and currently classes include (subject to change per departmental requirements):

Part I

  • LAS 300W (3 credit hours): Legal Research and Writing II (a writing intensive course)
  • LAS 325 (3 credit hours): Real Estate and Bankruptcy

Part II

  • LAS 305 (1 credit hour): Paralegal Evidence and Trial Skills
  • LAS 410 (3 credit hours): Paralegal Seminar

Sample residency schedule

How do I register for the residency?

Students will register for the residency courses during regular spring semester registration.
Online course work for the residency will begin when the Spring B term starts in March. Post-residency assignments such as research papers and final versions of course assignments will be due in the weeks following the residency.    

A projected graduation track for each student will be available in their DegreeWorks audit Planner approximately 5 weeks after starting the program.  This will provide an advance notice of when the on-campus courses will be completed. It is the student’s responsibility to notify their academic advisor if they need to make adjustments to their graduation plan.

Students may need to register for up to 19 credit hours for the final spring semester, depending on the degree completion path.

To learn more, contact our enrollment advisor at 859.622.8224 or kerstin.peterson@eku.edu.