The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies offers a foundation in legal doctrine, along with the analytical, technical, and communication skills necessary for a career in the legal field. This associate degree program helps to prepare you for a paraprofessional career as a paralegal, or legal assistant. Knowledge gained from this online program is applicable to many employers seeking individuals with legal expertise, such as law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations or businesses with legal departments.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of paralegal studies, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Apply legal research methods and techniques that are used in the practice of law.
  • Develop skills in legal reasoning, in identifying and effectively using legal resources and in writing legal documents.
  • Evaluate the importance of secondary sources in legal research.
  • Describe the primary rules and sources and roles of each in legal research.
  • Distinguish how advice, persuasion, and advocacy enter into legal research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature, function, principles, and concepts as they relate to the paralegal and apply critical legal thinking and analytical skills to resolve typical situations or facts.
  • Comprehend and describe what a paralegal is and how one fits into the legal system.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required21
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL102Effectiveness in Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (21 semester hours)

LSTD100Introduction to Law for Paralegals3
LSTD201Litigation3
LSTD202Real Estate Law3
LSTD203Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal3
LSTD205Legal Research and Writing3
LSTD207Civil Practice and Procedure3
LSTD210Legal Ethics3
Total Semester Hours21

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

LSTD299Sophomore Seminar in Paralegal Studies (to be taken as the last course before graduation)3
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.6
Total Semester Hours6