References: 1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ 2. American Bar Association, Educational Information for Paralegals: www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/profession-information/educational-information-for-paralegals/ 3. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm Curriculum for Paralegal Studies The American National University was developed with contributions from legal industry professionals and focuses on relevant legal topics such as real estate, bankruptcy, immigration, and tort law. You will also develop an understanding of the use of industry standard legal research tools, as well as skills to understand legal terminology and prepare legal documents. The Associate in Science, Paralegal degree articulates at the University of Hawai`i-West O`ahu towards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Administration with concentration opportunities in General Public Administration or Administration of Justice. The paralegal content required in an associate degree is not much different from that of a basic paralegal certificate. Instead, the associate`s curriculum includes more general educational requirements necessary to continue conducting paralegal studies at the bachelor`s level and beyond. The Paralegal Associate degree takes about two years of full-time study. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that there are about 400 legal assistant/paralegal associate degrees in nonprofit schools in the United States.1 The paralegal program now offers a preparatory class for credit certification to help students prepare for the relativity user certification exam.
Some required courses may be required. Additional certification preparation courses are offered in Information Technology (Security+) and Accounting (Online QuickBooks Pro). A consideration when choosing a paralegal associate degree is whether it will be approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA approves programs that meet its guidelines for training high-quality paralegals. While admission to the ABA is not required to become a paralegal, many potential paralegals seek out ABA-approved associated degree programs to ensure they are properly trained and increase their job prospects, as some potential employers may prefer candidates with ABA-approved degrees. Upon completing the program, you must pass the National Paralegal Certification Exam at the end in order to further improve your professional qualifications. Essex County College offers an ABA-approved Associate of Science (AS) in Paralegal Studies, which can be completed full-time or part-time. The program provides students with the role of a paralegal in the legal system and the skills to begin a career in various areas of law. The program requires 63 to 66 credits and can be completed in two years or less if summer courses are taken.
Up to 15 credits can be transferred from a comparable program approved by the ABA. Students take general and basic paralegal courses in the first year and specialized paralegal courses in the second year. Some examples of course titles are Introduction to Paralegal Law, Contracts and Administrative Law. Although the college does not offer a bachelor`s degree in paralegal studies, this AS degree aims to prepare students to pursue graduate studies if desired in the future. For working students and those who prefer the freedom to take courses at their own pace, online paralegal associate programs can be a good option. Many schools offer fully online paralegal programs and others offer hybrid programs that can be complemented by a combination of online and on-campus courses. Paralegals often work for private firms, but are also sought after in many areas of government, business, and non-profit organizations. Earning an associate degree in paralegal studies can be the first step in a career in the challenging field of law.
Paralegals, also known as paralegals, typically work in legal teams, assisting with research, interviews, administration, and preparation. While there are no formal requirements to become a paralegal, an associate degree provides a broad foundation for general education subjects such as communication and English, as well as legal systems. The minimum admission requirement for paralegal associate programs is usually a high school diploma or equivalent. A basic paralegal certificate or previous post-secondary education is not required. Some schools may offer transfer credits for general or paralegal courses taken at another institution, such as a paralegal certificate program. Schools may require a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, but the GPA requirement varies for each school. A minimum cumulative average is also required once a student is officially admitted to the paralegal program for courses taken after graduation. Applicants are generally required to submit high school transcripts, application forms, a letter of intent, and letters of recommendation from teachers or employers.
Paralegals work daily with clients, lawyers and other legal and administrative professionals. Paralegal Associate degree programs prepare new graduates to work within this professional team by developing and applying their legal skills. UC`s online legal and paralegal studies program is one of the first programs of its kind to be approved by the American Bar Association. Paralegals cannot provide legal services directly to the public unless permitted by law. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Spokane Community College`s Paralegal Program prepares graduates to serve in a variety of roles as part of a legal team. The school follows a quarterly schedule and students must complete 95-103 quarterly credits to complete with this ABA-approved degree.