Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies
It is the mission of the Paralegal Studies Program to prepare students for entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors of the legal community. The paralegal industry is a growing field with many opportunities for upward mobility. Moreover, students can begin working in this field with an associate degree. The main objectives of this program are to educate, train and prepare students to assist attorneys in their daily tasks. As such, students learn both legal theory and practical legal skills in a student centered environment. Courses in this program are focused on critical thinking, communication, research, computer and organizational skills. Students are encouraged to pursue academic excellence, professional growth and high ethical standards.
Estimated Annual Cost: $7,785
Cost estimate based on enrollment in 45 annual quarter hours with current Tuition and Fees. Cost includes fees for textbooks and materials.
What You Will Learn:
Students should be able to articulate the various philosophical principles related to jurisprudence.
Students should be able to evaluate constitutional law, statutory law, and case law.
Students should be able to develop a research plan based on a fact pattern.
Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the various legal documents paralegals and attorneys prepare on a routine basis.
According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the paralegal field will grow 8% from 2014 to 2024. This means there will be more demand for paralegals. Currently, the median income for paralegals is $48,810 per year. Moreover, you only need an associate degree to be competitive in the field. There is no need for additional education. However, students may consider this degree as a stepping stone to law school.
One of our goals is to offer the highest quality college education at some of the most affordable tuition rates. To understand our tuition rates, please visit the Tuition and Fees Basics Page on our website. Keep in mind that total costs for the program will depend not only on tuition rates, but the amount of quarter hours students must take in order to complete the degree. This will include courses both in the core and in the major.