Paralegal Studies, AAS

The Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree program is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the law and legal system, as well as the practical skills needed to assist attorneys in law firms; corporate legal departments; local, state, and federal government offices; and bank and trust departments. Paralegals may also be employed in other offices that require excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills. All Paralegal Studies classes are offered 100% online, with three legal specialty courses delivered synchronously through online video conferencing to meet ABA Guidelines.

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies AAS program who choose to become certified are eligible to voluntarily sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) exam administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and earn the designation of Certified Paralegal (CP). Graduates may also choose to seek certification from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) through the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE™) exam and become a CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP™).

Credits earned in this program will apply toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies described above. Students can often earn the bachelor's degree in six additional quarters.

A paralegal may not engage in activities considered to be the practice of law, including giving legal advice, representing a client in court, or setting legal fees.

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

The program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law.
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology.
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing.
  • Model professional behavior in accordance with ethical guidelines governing the conduct of attorneys and paralegals.

Paralegal Studies: Associate of Applied Science Degree Requirements

90.5 Credits

Students may transfer credit classified as legal specialty credit into National American University’s AAS Paralegal Studies program earned from ABA-approved paralegal education programs and from other paralegal education programs pursuant to the university’s transfer policies and existing articulation agreements. Students must earn at least 31.5 quarter credits in the AAS major core from National American University. Students should consult with the program coordinator to learn what credit is transferrable.

Paralegal Studies Major Core (47)

PL1100/LA1100Introduction to Legal Principles

4.5

PL1150Legal Research I

4.5

PL1350Legal Research II

4.5

PL2150Civil Procedure

4.5

PL2350Criminal Procedure

4.5

PL2500Legal Writing

4.5

PL3000Law Office Technology

4.5

PL3050Real Property

4.5

PL3100Professional Ethics and Law Office Procedures

4.5

PL4600CLA Review

4.5

PLParalegal Internship

2

PL1100, PL1150, PL1350, PL2150, PL2350, PL2500, PL3000, PL3050, PL3100, PL4600: Professional course (minimum "C" grade required)

PL Paralegal Internship: Students may elect to satisfy the 2 credit internship with a PL3000+ Paralegal Studies elective course.

Support Core (4.5)

LA3100Business Law I

4.5

General Education Core (39)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

Science

SCScience Elective

4.5

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

Humanities

HU2000Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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