Paralegal Studies Associate Degree Program
03/2020: All programs have been converted to online. Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Rockford Career College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling. Use your time wisely and enroll today. This program was online and continues to be online ONLY
What is a Paralegal AAS?
Behind every success verdict and in every area of law, a paralegal more than likely played a significant role in the outcome. Paralegals are an indispensable member of the legal system and fulfill a number of essential roles in this fast-paced environment. These duties may include providing attorney support, researching legal precedent, preparing legal documents, organizing and coordinating law office activity and in some cases, may even include investigative work. Paralegals are found in almost every area of law and they are relied upon to fulfill various roles in almost every case.
The Paralegal AAS program is an associates degree program that is fully online and allows those with a Paralegal Diploma to continue to hone their skills. The Rockford Career College Paralegal Associates Degree is designed for people who already have 54 credit hours in a Paralegal concentration.
What Career Options are Available as a Paralegal?
Paralegals are found in every area of the law such as defense law, corporate law, international law or educational law. Paralegals are also found in every area of the legal system, including private firms, corporate law departments, governmental agencies and banks and financial institutions. Paralegals have many different career paths and many different career options to choose from. Some paralegals even go on to be lawyers themselves.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Paralegals is expected to increase by 16% between 2018 and 2028.1
How do I Start a Career as a Paralegal?
There are a handful of options for entry into the Paralegal profession. Due to the highly competitive job market, one of the best ways is to have a Paralegal specific associates degree. That’s why the Paralegal Associates Program was created and provides a strong background in not only the Paralegal profession, but also strengthens your general background. As a part of the Rockford Career College Paralegal Associates Degree, you 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. You will also expand your legal foundation with more law courses in a variety of topics.
This program is online, so you could complete all coursework in the comfort of your own home or stop by and use our campus computer labs if you need some assistance. Once you have earned your Paralegal diploma, you could either start the Associate program immediately or wait until you have started working. Some employers may even offer tuition assistance programs.
Why Choose Our College?
For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.
We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
All of us here at Rockford Career 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
1onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00, retrieved 4/9/2020
Curriculum focuses on core law courses in human resources law, administrative law, intellectual property and criminal law. 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 are included to fulfill the requirements of an AAS degree program.
Paralegals perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents. The largest employers of legal assistants are law firms, but paralegals also work for in-house legal departments in the finance, insurance, consulting and healthcare sectors. By earning an AAS degree, graduates position themselves for more responsibility and advancement opportunities.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be 82,700 new job openings for paralegals between 2014 and 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Paralegals, retrieved 4/26/16
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