Paralegal Degree Program

Paralegal Certificate > Paralegal Degree

The Paralegal Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the essential paralegal courses and training required to enter the paralegal profession in as little as 6-8 months. This is a great option for those who already have a college degree; for those who desire a shorter paralegal program; or for those who are just getting started preparing for their paralegal career.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies provides a more comprehensive preparation for a paralegal career, and is the perfect next step for those who have completed the Paralegal Certificate Program and want to earn their college degree. It provides a practical and intense study of a variety of areas of law and completes this experience through a well-rounded offering of general education classes.

Students who have completed the Paralegal Certificate Program are automatically accepted into the A.A.S. Degree program along with their completed coursework and credits. Other students must hold a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent and pass an entrance exam in order to be accepted into this program. 

Students may complete their degree in as little as 15 months (including their certificate) by attending on-campus morning classes or 21 months in evening online paralegal program. The paralegal degree consists of a total of 62 semester credit hours.

This program is designed specifically for students working towards their first college degree.  If you have already received a bachelor's degree or higher, our Paralegal Certificate Program is the best option for you.

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Required Paralegal Specialty Courses
24 Semester Credit Hours
Required General Education Courses
21 Semester Credit Hours

Introduction to Law and Ethics
Interviewing and Investigation
Legal Research and Writing
Civil Procedure
Personal Injury
Corporate and Business Law
Family Law
Computers and the Law

English Composition  I
English Composition  II
General Psychology
American Government  I
Introduction to Speech Communication
Anatomy & Physiology I
Business Math

Elective Paralegal Specialty Courses
Select 6 including Externship. 7 w/o Externship

Criminal Law and Procedure
Wills, Trusts and Probate
Intellectual Property
Real Estate
Immigration Law

Oil and Gas Law
Advanced Civil Procedure
Advanced Research and Writing


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Associate's Degree Graduate

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