Paralegal Studies Associate Degree Program
After working as a paralegal, have you thought “maybe it’s time to get my associate’s degree”? Do you currently help your family when it comes to questions about the law? Do you binge watch Law and Order but don’t aspire to be the lawyer testifying at the front of the courtroom? Why not consider a profession as a paralegal?
Top ten reasons to become a paralegal:
1. Be proud of yourself.
You could participate in people's dreams to move to the US lawfully, help a creative business owner start the business they have always aspired to build, or help people that have been seriously injured.
2. Complete it in just seven months.
The Paralegal Studies Associates degree (A.A.S.) provides students with an opportunity to continue their Paralegal/legal secretary studies beyond the diploma level. Our seven-month program will save you valuable time and allow you to jump into the law field at an accelerated pace, if prior coursework requirements are met.
3. Exceptional job outlook.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that paralegal positions are expected to increase by fifteen percent between 2016 and 2026.1
4. Improve your research skills.
As a paralegal, you'll have the opportunity to regularly conduct legal research.
5. Become prepared for different branches of law.
Our Paralegal Associate degree program covers human resources law, administrative law, intellectual property law, and criminal law.
6. Help families.
If you work at a firm specializing in family law, you may have the chance to assist people suffering in dire domestic situations.
7. Put your organizational skills to good use.
Maintaining and organizing files is a critical part of being a paralegal. If you're good with paperwork, this is the perfect position for you!
8. Learning from lawyers.
If you are employed by a firm, your coworkers can teach you more about the legal field.
9. Become an invaluable asset to your employer.
Paralegals frequently complete the bulk of administrative duties that lawyers don't have time to complete. Your efforts are critical to the success of the firm and allow your employer to take on more cases.
10. Explore your unique interests.
The legal field is extremely diverse, ranging from property law to environmental law to personal injury law. Pick a specialty that excites you!
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor. (2017, October 24). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm
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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