Paralegal Studies Associate Degree Program
This program provides students with an opportunity to continue their Paralegal studies beyond the diploma level. It is designed for people who already have 54 credit hours in a Paralegal concentration.
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 you 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!
Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Paralegals is expected to increase by sixteen percent between 2016 and 2026. The salary range in Illinois is $31,590 to $85,620 with a median salary of $54,680.1
1 onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00, retrieved 5/29/2019
Program length – 7 months
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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