Paralegal Studies

Associate in Science

This program is designed to provide the education and skill development to prepare students for entry-level employment or supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in the field.   Students will learn the technical skills necessary to performs specifically delegated substantive legal work, for which a lawyer is responsible.  In this program, students will be exposed to tort law, family law, real estate law, criminal law, probate and estate planning.  In additional to theory, students will engage in practical applications and skills such as case reviews, conducting legal research, and preparing legal documents,

After successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and professional standards of the paralegal.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize legal research materials and apply knowledge in legal writing.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of tort law, constitutional law, and criminal law concepts and their application to factual situations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all phases of trial practice and procedure.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of real property law and its application to real property transactions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of estate planning and probate administration concepts and their application to probate procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of the law of business organizations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of contract law including the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to perform, techniques and procedures utilized as part of case preparation and development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of law office management procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of family law, rules, and procedures.

Program Details

  • 60 Credits
  • 2-Year program

Class Options

Related Certificates

  • No certificates are currently available for this program.

Career Outlook*

Paralegal is a growing career filed across the nation with a variety of career options.  In the local market, the entry level salary averages $30,014 to $36,712 with more experienced Paralegals earning an average of $40,040 or more annually. In addition to legal offices, Paralegals are often employed in local government, public administration or legal services fields.

Average or Median Salary

$30,014 – $36,712

*All career data on this page, such as occupation description, career outlook and salary information reflects the national average and was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.