Enhance your credentials with specialized skills in Nurse Paralegal

  • 30 s.h. Post Baccalaureate Certificate.
  • Graduates have jobs! Strong employment of graduates upon graduation with the majority of graduates employed full-time as paralegals with the top law firms, corporations, and courts in the Metro area.
  • The Program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1984 and enjoys a strong reputation in the Metro area legal community. Attorneys refer their staff and family to the Madonna Paralegal Program.
  • The Program offers flexible scheduling, with only 9 s.h. required to be taken on campus.
  • The faculty includes practicing paralegals and attorneys with experience in the legal specialties which they teach.
  • For a more detailed description of the Program, check out the Program Director’s interview with the Paralegal Voice. 

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Faculty Bios

Dennis BozykChair, History and Paralegal Studies
Director, General Studies Program

M.A., University of Michigan



Room 2400

Dennis Bozyk

Professor Dennis Bozyk presently serves as Chair of the Department of History. He earned his M.A. in History from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed his doctoral course work in the History of International Relations at Michigan State University. He offers classroom and online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level to Madonna's on-campus students and to international students in Dubai, China and Haiti.

He has received the Faculty Excellence Award from the university and continues to place the highest priority on advising and teaching. Bozyk has presented scholarship in the discipline of history and in the theory and practice of university teaching and learning.

Bozyk has been awarded individual grants from such prestigious groups as the Kellogg Foundation and the Lilley Endowment, and has participated in university grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Council.

He is a member of several scholarly organizations related to history, including the American Historical Association and the Historical Association of the United Kingdom.

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Mary Meinzinger UriskoProgram Director, Paralegal Studies

J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

B.A., Michigan Sate University



Room 2216

Mary Meinzinger Urisko

Dr. Mary Meinzinger Urisko, J.D., is a Professor and the Assistant Director of the Paralegal Studies Program. Dr. Meinzinger Urisko holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a J. D. from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

She teaches Introduction to Paralegal Studies, several legal research and writing courses—both on campus and online, Business Associations, Contracts and ADR. She is a Madonna University certified on-line instructor. Her favorite classes are the online research courses.

Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is co-author of The Paralegal Today 7th.ed, an introduction to law textbook for paralegals, published by Cengage. Her research focuses on changes in the law needed to keep the textbook current.

Additionally, Dr. Meinzinger Urisko has published articles in The Michigan Legal Assistant, Legal Assistant/Paralegal Today and Facts & Findings, as well as speaking at the annual Legal Assistants’ Day sponsored by the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistants Section, LAAM's job fair, and the national American Association for Paralegal Studies annual conference.

Dr. Meinzinger Urisko is a recipient of the Michigan Bar Association Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section’s Mentor Award.

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V. Lynn CarlinoAssociate Professor

J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

LL.M., Wayne State University

B.A., University of Michigan



Room 2214

V. Lynn Carlino

Dr. V. Lynn Carlino, J.D., LL.M. is a Professor in the Paralegal Studies Program. Dr. Carlino holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law, and a Master of Law in Corporate and Finance from Wayne State University.

She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Macomb County Bar Association.

She teaches Legal Research and Writing I and II, Legal Research on the Internet, Litigation, Contractual and Commercial Relations, Real Estate, and Computer Assisted Legal Research.

Dr. Carlino teaches courses both on campus and online and is a certified on-line instructor.

Prior to joining Madonna University, she was an Assistant Professor at Lansing Community College and prior to that she was the Associate Dean of Business at Baker College of Clinton Township.

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