Student Resources

Undergraduate Advising

Early in a departmental advisee's residence, a departmental faculty advisor is assigned to help assess and plan the student's program of study, focusing on the student's specific academic and career goals.

All students must meet with their departmental advisor (in person or via phone or email) prior to registration. Contact your advisor one or two weeks before registration for an appointment. You cannot register for classes without the approval from your advisor. Arrive at your advising meeting with a suggested schedule in hand. Make sure to examine your online degree audit to ascertain what courses you need to graduate. An online list of available courses is posted about one month before registration.

After a meeting with an advisor, you will be released to register online. Seniors with at least 90 credit hours receive first priority, followed by juniors with at least 60 credit hours and then everyone else. Contact your advisor if you need to alter your schedule due to filled classes, etc.

The Academic Advising Center (314-246-6972) coordinates the undergraduate and graduate advising system. This office provides students with information about academic programs as well as special study opportunities; it also administers registration for graduate degree programs. Additional resources related to advising can be found at the Academic Resource Center webpage.

Department Honors

In the Legal Studies Department, full-time faculty nominate students for department honors to recognize outstanding work in the major. Students must have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA. The department also considers service to the department and community. Department honors are not automatic for those who receive the university's academic honors.

Internships

Legal Studies students are encouraged to pursue an internship for course credit -- LEGL 5550 (graduate students) or LEGL 4900 (undergraduate students) -- to gain real-world experience as a paralegal.

Instructor: Anne Geraghty-Rathert
(314) 961-2660 ext. 7827
arathert@webster.edu

I. Course description: The internship augments the Legal Studies curriculum by placing the student in a legal work environment under the supervision of an attorney internship supervisor. It provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience as a paralegal in a private or public law firm, government agency or corporation.

II. Prerequisites: To be eligible for the internship, a student should have completed all required courses for the paralegal certificate. In addition, the student should do the following:

  • Review and complete the internship packet attached to the syllabus. 
  • Contact Anne Geraghty-Rathert to discuss potential sources for internships. 
  • Obtain permission from Anne Geraghty-Rathert and the site supervisor.

III. Grading: Grading will be based on the evaluation score as provided by the site supervisor and on the Legal Internship Instructor's evaluation of the student's journal and work log, and other materials produced by the student in the course of the internship.

Credit Hours: Undergraduate students may enroll for three to six credit hours, with a minimum of 130 field hours for each three credits. Graduate students may enroll for three to six credit hours, with a minimum of 150 field hours for each.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Lambda Epsilon Chi

Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is a nationally known academic honor society for paralegal/legal assistant students. Sponsored by the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), the society offers students national scholarship opportunities; participation in regional, state, and local conferences; and networking opportunities with other legal professionals.

Eligibility for membership is determined by the respective Chapter according to criteria that meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:

Undergraduate Students

  1. Must be officially declared legal studies major.
  2. Must have completed 86 credit hours (two-thirds of Webster University's credit requirement for the undergraduate legal studies program).
  3. Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall 3.0 GPA or above for all undergraduate course work (including transfer work).
  4. Must have a 3.5 GPA in legal studies courses.
  5. Leadership characteristics shall be considered.
    Memberships in other professional associations shall be considered.
    Other factors that the selection committee deems appropriate will be considered.

Graduate Students

  1. Must be officially declared legal studies major.
  2. Must complete 26 credit hours (two-thirds of Webster University's credit requirement for the graduate legal studies program.
  3. Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall 3.95 GPA or above for all graduate course work (including transfer work).
  4. Leadership characteristics shall be considered.
  5. Membership in other professional associations shall be considered.
  6. Other factors that the selection committee deems appropriate will be considered.