Legal Studies

Students participate in a mock trial at the Cumberland County Courthouse

The Legal Studies Program is Approved by the American Bar Association, and Students who graduate from the Legal Studies program are eligible to take the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Certification Exam.

Paralegal work is a fast growing field which is increasingly using college graduates. The field is expanding because lawyers use paralegals as a cost effective way of providing excellent services to their clients. With an interest in law or simply wanting to help others, a legal studies minor can do wonders. A legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law; to do so would be the Unauthorized Practice of Law and a violation of the Code of Ethics for the American Bar Association.

The 21 semester hour Legal Studies minor is a program designed to prepare students to enter the legal profession. The program provides a working knowledge of the legal system in the United States. The program serves as preparation for students who wish to take the national certification examination (offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants) to become a legal assistant. The program prepares students to enter the legal profession as paralegals.

The Legal Studies minor provides valuable preparation for aspiring law school students. A quick overview of the curriculum shows that the minor offers courses that are reflective of the first year of law school. With a firm foundation, students are able to enter law school with proven skills that are critical to one’s performance.


To prepare students in the Legal Studies program for careers in the legal profession.


  • To substantially improve students’ knowledge about the law and the legal system.
  • To ensure students demonstrate the skills and abilities needed to enter the workforce as a paralegal professional.


Wendy Vonnegut, Esq.

Wendy Vonnegut, Esq., J.D.

Director, Legal Studies Program; Professor of Legal Studies
(910) 630-7491
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Wendy Vonnegut, Esq.
Wendy Vonnegut, Esq., J.D.

Director, Legal Studies Program; Professor of Legal Studies

B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; J.D., Mercer University


Wendy Vonnegut is an Associate professor and Director of the Legal Studies Program at Methodist University. She is the Prelaw Advisor for the University. She has served as the Chair of the Conflict Resolution Committee, and is an academic advisor. She currently serves on the Tenure and Promotion Committee.

Mrs. Vonnegut teaches Business Ethics for the MBA program for Webster University, as well as Negotiations, Procurement and Acquisition Law. Mrs. Vonnegut has also been member of the faculty for the MBA program at Methodist University, teaching Ethics and Corporate Responsibility as well as Business Law.

Mrs. Vonnegut has been an active member of the Fayetteville community, and is a member of  the Board of Directors for the Child Advocacy Center, Legal Aid of Cumberland County, and is a Teen Court Judge. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for Campbell University School of Law. She was one of the 2014 Honorees for Women of Justice Awards given by Lawyers Weekly. She recently received the National Dean Gerald Wilson Award for excellence in prelaw advising.

Memberships & Awards:

  • Member of Washington State Bar Association
  • Past President of the Southern Association of Prelaw Advisors
  • Member of the Northeastern Association of Prelaw Advisors
  • Past Chair of the National Counsel of Prelaw Advisors
  • Winner of the National Gerald Wilson Award for Excellence in Prelaw Advising
  • Honored as one of the Women of Justice awards for the state of North Carolina
  • Co-Author of the article The Legality, Morality and The Ethics of Police Use of Force, published by Jones and Bartlett.
(910) 630-7491
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