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Paralegal Degree Program

The Associate of Applied Science Degree Paralegal Program (AAS Degree) provides 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 first 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. The AAS Degree can also lead directly to the Bachelor of Arts: Law and Business program for those interested in pursuing a related bachelor's degree.

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 22 months (including their certificate) by attending on-campus morning classes, Saturday classes, or the evening online paralegal program. The paralegal degree consists of a total of 62 semester credit hours.


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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.

Required Paralegal
Specialty Courses
24 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
Required General
Education Courses
21 Semester Credit Hours
  • 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
  • E-Discovery
  • Advanced Civil Procedure
  • Advanced Research and Writing
  • Externship

Paralegal Degree Tuition and Fees

Tuition (62 semester hours @ $350/credit hour)
Registration Fee
Learning Resources
Student e-Services

* Most students complete the Paralegal Certificate first before continuing on to the Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Degree program. In this case, all prior credits transfer and tuition is reduced to $13,300.00. Other costs, such as learning resources and e-Services fees, are reduced as well. Please contact your Admission Representative for more information.

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