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Effective November 11, 2015, this program will no longer be accepting enrollments or re-entries, with the exception of residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Tennessee, who may enroll through the term starting December 9, 2015. Prospective students should consider Kaplan University’s Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services program.
Make a case for your success with a program designed to help you build your skills and expand your knowledge. Our program is centered on practical legal training in key areas such as legal terminology, technology, writing, research, and law office management to equip you with the right credentials to pursue a rewarding legal services career.*
Courses examine substantive areas of law including wills and trusts, contracts, real estate, and torts so that you gain familiarity with the elements of bringing a lawsuit, applicable defenses, and preparing a client's case.
As part of your associate's degree program, you can complete an internship in a legal setting, which means you can gain real-world professional experience-and build your resume-while you earn college credit.
You'll learn from professors who are legal practitioners with real-world expertise in legal services, law, and policy. And enjoy collaborating with your professors and classmates via live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor interaction.
Upon completion of this program, you may be eligible to take the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam® (PACE®), which is administered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants. Contact each organization for full eligibility requirements.†
As one of the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States‡, Kaplan University has helped over 6,500 legal studies graduates achieve their educational goals since 2001. This means that when you earn your degree from Kaplan University, you join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.
If you’re serious about becoming a paralegal our program is designed to provide you with the legal knowledge and practical skills to pursue your career goals.
This program focuses on how to:
Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.
Businesses and organizations of all sizes are reducing legal costs by
handling routine legal processes in-house. Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to be 17 percent through 2022, which is faster than the average of all occupations.§
This associate's degree program is designed to prepare you for career
opportunities in a variety of legal environments, in areas such as litigation,
real estate, intellectual property, health care, international law, elder
issues, criminal law, and environmental law.* Study to qualify for employment
as a paralegal in organizations that provide specialized legal services, such
as private law firms, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real
estate and title insurance firms, banks, and government agencies. When you are
ready to further your education, credits earned in fulfillment of this degree
may be transferred to other Kaplan University bachelor’s
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online and Campus Start Date
Dec 09, 2015
Online Start Date
Jan 06, 2016
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Feb 03, 2016
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 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.
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 is a comprehensive study of documents used in the legal field. Students will learn the basic procedures for transcribing, formatting, and processing legal correspondence and documents and the appropriate use of legal terms, phrases, abbreviations, symbols, and reference sources used by attorneys’ paralegals and the courts.
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 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
One of the basic tasks performed by the
paralegal is legal research—finding the law. Accurate, concise,
and up-to-date information can be the difference between winning
and losing a lawsuit. Students who complete this course gain
specialized skills in the area of legal
Prerequisites: CM 220 and PA 205
Some of the tasks performed by a skilled paralegal are to summarize statutes or regulations, analyze the component parts of written opinions of appellate judges through briefing, identify the legal issues in a fact pattern, and apply the reasoning of relevant legal authorities to a fact pattern. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to analyze and synthesize legal authorities and draft correspondence and memoranda commonly used in the practice of law.
Any College Composition I course
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.
This course builds on the concepts that students have mastered throughout the course of their paralegal studies program. The capstone course integrates the core concepts exemplified in the paralegal program outcomes, with application to fact scenarios that present relevant legal issues.
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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
Onsite students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession in place of an open elective.
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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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.
† Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
‡ Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Conferred, Law and Legal Studies on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV degree-granting institutions.
§ Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 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.
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