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If you are interested in building your knowledge and preparing for opportunities in legal-related professions, earning this associate’s degree can be a first step.
Legal roles are no longer limited to law firms. Legal services and support staff may hired not only by law firms but also by corporations, insurance firms, consulting firms, and health care institutions.*
If you are seeking to advance into a career in legal support and services, an associate of applied science at Kaplan University could be a strategic professional move. Our online associate's degree program is designed to focus on:
You'll be taught by professors who are legal practitioners themselves, offering real-world expertise in legal services, law, and policy. And you can enjoy collaborating with your professors and classmates via live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor interaction .
Graduates with an associate's degree in legal support and services can pursue career paths that include†:
Furthermore, earning your Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services at Kaplan University can serve as a stepping-stone towards earning your legal studies bachelor's degree, which could help further advance your opportunities within the profession.
Kaplan University's Legal Studies Department consists of a community of legal professionals—including faculty who teach our programs—and school leadership and advisory-board members consisting of public and private legal practitioners within corporations and law firms, academics in the legal field, and professionals in legal recruiting.
We strive to ensure that our program and curriculum meet academic quality and provide graduates with skills that can give them an edge in their career.
Core curriculum is designed to equip you with fundamental knowledge of the law. Courses focus on areas such as:
The online legal support and services degree can help prepare you to perform these and other key duties:
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for legal support and services role is expected to rise.* Earning your Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services at Kaplan University includes comprehensive study in areas such as legal research and writing, civil litigation, legal ethics, torts, and various legal disciplines.
Possible work settings may include:
Some career titles in the legal support and services field include:
Our students have access to a number of opportunities to build their network with fellow students and employers as well as insight to relevant knowledge and skill sets in the field.
Kaplan University is accredited
Faculty members are experienced their field
Your experience could translate into college credit
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online Start Date
Feb 01, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Mar 01, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Mar 22, 2017
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 90
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Any College Composition I course
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course introduces students to civil
litigation, the civil law process, rights, and procedures. Topics
include informal fact gathering and investigation, case
management and strategy, jurisdiction, the structure of the court
systems in the United States, parties, pleadings, and
Total Program Credits: 90
Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
This course is an introduction to the broad area of civil wrongs and their appropriate remedies as well as tort law principles in the traditional areas of intentional torts, negligence, absolute liability, product liability, nuisance, and commonly employed defenses.
It is important for members of the legal support team to have a strong foundation in the fundamental rules, court cases, concepts, and trends of key subjects in American law. This course provides an American legal background covering civil and common law traditions, the legal profession, constitutional law, and a survey of specific areas of law. Upon successful completion of this course you will have a solid understanding of the American legal system.
Two of the most basic tasks performed by a legal support team member are legal research and written analysis—finding the law, analyzing the component parts of written opinions, and applying the reasoning of relevant legal authorities to a factual situation. Upon successful completion of this course you will have gained specialized skills in the area of legal research and the ability to analyze and synthesize legal authority. Additionally, you will be able to draft correspondence and memoranda commonly used in the practice of law.
This course presents major issues in family law such as the nature of marriage, antenuptial contracts, annulments, separation, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, tort action, adoption, property distribution, and current trends.
Legal assistants and paralegals must always consider the duties owed to clients by both the lawyer and the paralegal. In this course, you will learn to evaluate ethical dilemmas you may encounter as a legal professional and appropriately apply the rules of professional responsibility to these situations. This course discusses the duties and responsibilities regarding the ethical conduct of the paralegal in the legal workforce, codes of ethics, unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and more.
In this course, students learn about criminal
law. They learn about the elements and types of crimes, including
homicide, crimes against the person, crimes against habitation
and occupancy, crimes against property, sexual offenses, and
crimes involving more than one defendant. They also cover
criminal capacity and defenses to crimes. Finally, students are
introduced to criminal procedures followed in the United States
and the concept of probable cause.
This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services. This course comprises a series of assignments that integrate the core concepts from the judicial studies and practice program outcomes and curriculum. The assignments are designed to test knowledge, technical skills, and competencies as students work through fact-based scenarios and assess issues affecting practical legal matters.
Final term or Dean approval
Technology is pervasive and the modern law office is chock-full of technological appliances, tools, and applications that the paralegal must be able to master. At the core of most software applications are the basics—word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and tools for presentations. Of course, the ubiquitous communication tool, email, is the center of modern electronic communications. This course will explore the most common tools and applications found in law firms and those that every “technology-literate” paralegal must know. Word processing, document assembly programs, and tools for case management, time and billing, calendaring, electronic communications, and creating presentations are a few of the topics explored in this course. Students will leave this course with a solid foundation of the basics in legal technology.
This course teaches students to use the current Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.
Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Software Applications, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.
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After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.
This course examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional or as a legal specialist.
Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)
Total Program Credits: 90
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.
‡ Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.
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