Paralegal Associate Degree Program
Upon completion of a diploma program, students are eligible to enroll in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Diploma programs are designed to help students begin work in their chosen field. Our AAS programs go beyond by allowing students to develop general education skill sets (in areas such as English, History and Math) and complete an advanced level of course work in their chosen field. As long as they have completed a diploma program or a specific number of credit hours from a related concentration, students may begin an AAS program anytime, even at night while they work. All of our AAS completion programs are 100% online.
What is a Paralegal AAS?
- Providing advanced strategic support to dramatically effect case outcomes.
- Display an advanced understanding of the law and law terminology.
- Stay abreast of important changes to legal government guidelines or regulations.
- Support in the development of legal arguments, motions and other case filings.
What Career Options are Available as a Paralegal?
- Defense Law Firms
- Corporate Law Firms
- International Law Firms
- Government Agencies
- Banks & Financial Institutions
- And Much More
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Paralegals is projected to grow 11% in the US from 2019 to 2029.1
What You Will Learn in a Paralegal AAS Program
- The professional and ethical responsibilities associated with a paralegal career.
- Specialty course work in legal terminology, research and writing.
- In depth study of various facets of law, tailored to a higher educational audience.
- Advanced educational focus in communications, written communications and social sciences.
- General education in math, history and government.
Why Choose Our College?
- Making student success our #1 priority.
- Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
- Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
- Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
- Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
- Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.
All of us at Stautzenberger College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Program length – 7 months
100% of the program is online
1https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/23-2011.00?st=OH&g=Go, retrieved 4/1/21.
The paralegal curriculum focuses on the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with the position, while classes in computer software, office procedures and law office technology prepare students to be valuable members of a legal department. Specialty courses in legal terminology, legal research and writing, civil litigation and other areas of law such as probate, criminal and family law allow students to tailor their educational experience to their own interests.
Courses in oral communication, written communication and social sciences support interpersonal skills, customer focus and writing abilities. Students also complete general education courses in math, history and government to help fulfill the requirements for this associate degree program.
The Paralegal Studies Associate’s degree (A.A.S.) provides students with an opportunity to continue their Paralegal / legal secretary studies beyond the diploma level. Students entering this program will have successfully completed a diploma in a Paralegal Studies program or its equivalent. In this program, students will complete a foundational grouping of General Education courses in Oral and Written Communication, College Math, Critical Reading and Thinking, History of American Government, Introduction to Psychology, Ethics and Life Science. These general courses provide a helpful knowledge base for students either entering or progressing in the Paralegal profession. Additionally, students will complete core law courses in Human Resources Law, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property and Criminal Law. This combination of general and core subjects provides students with a broad scope of learning and helps prepare students well for success in the Paralegal / legal secretary profession. In addition to attending and participating in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments may include reading, learning activities, problem solving, research projects and presentations. Students should expect out-of-class homework that equals at least two (2) hours of work for every one (1) hour of class lecture. Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a paralegal, legal secretary or paralegal-related field(s).
A paralegal is an integral part of a legal team. Also known as legal assistants, they perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. Attention to detail, communication, time management, and organizational skills are all essential to success.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for Paralegals in the United States is expected to increase by 12% between 2018 and 2028.1
1onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00, retrieved 4/9/2020