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Paralegal Associate Degree

Associate of Science Degree in
Paralegal Studies

Our Paralegal Associate Degree program covers the fundamental skills you’ll need to succeed as a respected, professional paralegal working closely with attorneys. Earning your online Paralegal Degree will be an important step toward achieving your career goals.

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Lessons & Exams
  • Program Length: 6 to 12 Months per Semester (Total 4 Semesters)

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  What You'll Learn

The Associates degree online curriculum combines general education courses with core courses in paralegal studies. Each paralegal associate degree course is developed by practicing professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance. Choose from a generous selection of electives, too. The flexible curriculum makes it easy to transfer eligible college credits into our paralegal degree online program.

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Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students’ undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

SP180 - Principles of Public Speaking 

This course teaches the students fundamental principles while emphasizing skills development in the practice of public speaking. It covers purposes, methods and steps in preparing speeches, develops communication skills in listening, speech criticism, audience analysis and writing, and provides effective delivery techniques to present a variety of speeches.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today’s office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

C01 - Introduction to Business  

This course offers a broad overview of the business world for both business and non-business majors. It is an introduction to the business environment, business ownership, management, marketing, technology and information, and finance.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   C12 - Business Law  

This course presents the basic principles of business law as applied to contracts, personal property, sales, negotiable instruments, agency and employment, business organization, insurance and bankruptcy, and real property.
Credit Hours: 3

P01 - Introduction to Paralegalism I  

This is an introduction to the paralegal field, the legal system, and legal analysis. The course explores the scope of paralegal activities in procedural law, criminal law, contracts and business law, torts and property law, wills and estates, and family law.
Credit Hours: 3

P02 - Introduction to Paralegalism II  

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Paralegalism I, providing skills in legal analysis, interviewing, investigation, advocacy, and ethics, and providing an overview of legal research and writing.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 100-200 Level)   P09 - Legal Research and Writing  

This course opens with the proper use of basic grammar and punctuation. Next, how to effectively communicate in a legal setting and how to employ the various sources and methods of legal research are presented. The student will also learn how to take a given case from its infancy and see it through the final stages of disposition, including providing the proper legal analysis, writing an objective memorandum or persuasive brief, and finally, drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery.
Credit Hours: 3

P05 - Criminal Law and Procedures  

This course examines the fundamentals of substantive criminal law and procedures unique to criminal cases, including an examination of the practical aspects of prosecution and defense, the constitutional rights of the accused, plea bargaining, and the unique aspects of a criminal trial.
Credit Hours: 3

P03 - Torts  

The world of torts is violent. There are explosions, collisions, mishaps, injuries, and deaths. There is libel and slander, assault and battery, malpractice, and defective products. This course is an introduction to basic areas of law dealing with civil wrongs, with coverage of intentional torts, negligence, malpractice, defamation, joint and vicarious liability, auto insurance, and workers’ compensation.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C17 - College Mathematics or MA240 - College Algebra*  

C17: This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

MA240: This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

P07 - Law Office Management  

This is an introduction to the legal industry and the legal team. The course opens with an overview of the different types of law offices and law practices. The role of the paralegal/legal assistant is examined, as is the attorney-client relationship. Also covered are topics such as timekeeping, fee structures, billing, administrative reports, legal technology, and the law library.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (100-200 Level)  

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*If planning to complete a bachelor’s degree, MA240 is a required course.

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  What You Get

Earn your paralegal degree online on your terms. Start any time, study at your own pace and move ahead fast. We’ve erased the barriers to career advancement so you can easily succeed.

Carefully selected paralegal courses ensure a balance of essential theory and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive, career-relevant textbooks
  • Learning guides with discussion questions and projects
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates receive a diploma suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your online Paralegal Associate Degree sets the stage for advancement, impressing employers with your commitment to professional success. Your credits apply toward any Ashworth College bachelor’s degree program.

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Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies Degree

The curriculum is more occupation-oriented, combining a broad general education with core skill-based courses to prepare you for the workplace. This program is ideal for those who don’t intend to attain a further degree. Call 1-800-957-5412 to enroll in our Associate of Applied Science degree program. (For all Applied Science programs, enroll by phone only)

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Semester 1

C01 - Introduction to Business  

This course offers a broad overview of the business world for both business and non-business majors. It is an introduction to the business environment, business ownership, management, marketing, technology and information, and finance.
Credit Hours: 3

C02 - Business English  

This course presents the basic principles of communication that are particularly applicable in business and industry, providing a foundation for more effective communication skills. It focuses on the proper use of English grammar in business settings.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: EN130

C12 - Business Law  

This course presents the basic principles of business law as applied to contracts, personal property, sales, negotiable instruments, agency and employment, business organization, insurance and bankruptcy, and real property.
Credit Hours: 3

P01 - Introduction to Paralegalism I  

This is an introduction to the paralegal field, the legal system, and legal analysis. The course explores the scope of paralegal activities in procedural law, criminal law, contracts and business law, torts and property law, wills and estates, and family law.
Credit Hours: 3

P02 - Introduction to Paralegalism II  

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Paralegalism I, providing skills in legal analysis, interviewing, investigation, advocacy, and ethics, and providing an overview of legal research and writing.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

C07 - Personal Finance  

This is a consumer-oriented overview of the practical application of economic concepts. The course emphasizes decision making about budgeting, savings, consumer strategies, insurance, investing, retirement planning, and estate planning.
Credit Hours: 3

C05 - Business Communication  

This course presents the basics of written communication in business. It also explores differences in approach and format for various business documents, and covers techniques for planning, researching, organizing, and writing reports.
Credit Hours: 3

C08 - American Government  

This course provides an overview of the structure and operations of the federal government, including constitutional principles, rights and liberties, the political process, and the relationships among the three branches of the federal government.
Credit Hours: 3

P03 - Torts  

The world of torts is violent. There are explosions, collisions, mishaps, injuries, and deaths. There is libel and slander, assault and battery, malpractice, and defective products. This course is an introduction to basic areas of law dealing with civil wrongs, with coverage of intentional torts, negligence, malpractice, defamation, joint and vicarious liability, auto insurance, and workers’ compensation.
Credit Hours: 3

P04 - Civil Litigation  

Civil procedure is the rules and procedures that must be followed in filing and conducting a civil lawsuit. This course discusses assisting the law office with matters concerning jurisdiction, venue, preparing basic pleadings, discovery documents, pre-trial and post-judgment motions, managing the case file, attending to service of process, and assisting in the courtroom.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

C04 - Introduction to Psychology  

This is a survey of the field of psychology, including the development of behavior, physiological mechanisms of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, consciousness, learning, memory, personality, and mental health.
Credit Hours: 3

P05 - Criminal Law and Procedures  

This course examines the fundamentals of substantive criminal law and procedures unique to criminal cases, including an examination of the practical aspects of prosecution and defense, the constitutional rights of the accused, plea bargaining, and the unique aspects of a criminal trial.
Credit Hours: 3

P06 - Real Estate Law  

This course covers real property and common types of real estate transactions and conveyances. The course also covers preparation of legal instruments including deeds, contracts, leases, deeds of trust, and mortgages. Recording statutes, title examinations, and the real estate closing are also presented.
Credit Hours: 3

C17 - College Mathematics  

This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

P07 - Law Office Management  

This is an introduction to the legal industry and the legal team. The course opens with an overview of the different types of law offices and law practices. The role of the paralegal/legal assistant is examined, as is the attorney-client relationship. Also covered are topics such as timekeeping, fee structures, billing, administrative reports, legal technology, and the law library.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today’s office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

P08 - Family Law  

The main goal of this course is to help you formulate an accurate picture of the state of family law today. We also want you to understand the role that a paralegal plays in the family law sector. The course emphasizes substantive law and overview of common procedures related to domestic relations law, including the formation and dissolution of marriage, marital property, child custody and support, and related matters.
Credit Hours: 3

P09 - Legal Research and Writing  

This course opens with the proper use of basic grammar and punctuation. Next, how to effectively communicate in a legal setting and how to employ the various sources and methods of legal research are presented. The student will also learn how to take a given case from its infancy and see it through the final stages of disposition, including providing the proper legal analysis, writing an objective memorandum or persuasive brief, and finally, drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery.
Credit Hours: 3

P10 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates  

This course outlines the duties a paralegal may perform when drafting a will or trust or when assisting with the administration of an estate. It further presents the unique terminology and general principles of this area of law, the step-by-step procedures that are necessary to draft wills and trusts, as well as the ethical standards imposed on legal assistants in the area of wills, trusts, and estates.
Credit Hours: 3

C14 - Income Tax Fundamentals  

This is an introduction to the principles of federal taxation with emphasis on gross income, deductions, exemptions, depreciation, capital gains and losses, business expenses and retirement plans, payroll taxes, corporate taxation, tax planning, and tax administration.
Credit Hours: 3

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