Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Nadia L. - Class of 2020
Nadia L. - Class of 2020


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The AS in Paralegal Studies program includes four-week courses.
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Program Overview

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If you’re interested in pursuing a career in law, earn an Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree. Working as a paralegal will allow you to work in the profession for a few years to gain experience and begin your path toward continued law education. In National University’s paralegal associate degree program, you’ll learn how to dig deep into the facts of cases, research laws and regulations, prepare legal memoranda, arrange evidence and documents for attorneys, and much more.

Paralegals are highly capable legal professionals, and although they do many things attorneys do, their services are less expensive so more and more firms are using them to keep costs down. As a paralegal, you’ll be recognized as an important member of a powerful legal team.

Approved by the American Bar Association for online, as well as onsite at our Los Angeles, COC, and Cerritos College campuses. The program combines a comprehensive academic curriculum with practical education in the role of the paralegal in a legal environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the role of the paralegal in the American legal system.
  • Analyze the basic issues of a legal problem.
  • Develop paralegal skills in investigation, legal research, and client and witness interviews.
  • Identify common paralegal tasks in substantive areas of the law.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills in a legal environment.
  • Explain how ethical standards generally apply to paralegals in the practice of law.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

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