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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 AAS 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 are 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. Both organizations allow individuals who graduate from accredited universities—like Kaplan University University—to sit for these examinations.†As the largest provider of online legal studies programs in the United States‡, the School of Legal Studies has helped over 6,500 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:
Businesses and organizations of all sizes are reducing legal costs by
handling routine legal processes in-house. As a result, the demand for
paralegal and legal assistant is expected to grow, and this trend is projected
to continue for the next several years.§
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.
Campus and Online Start Date
Jan 08, 2014
Online Start Date
Jan 29, 2014
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Feb 26, 2014
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
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 is an introductory course that will
familiarize students with the role of the paralegal in both the
workplace and the American legal system. The course is designed
to expose students to current trends and issues in the
profession, the regulation of the profession, the professional
associations available to the paralegal, as well as the ethical
considerations associated with the legal profession. Students
will also receive basic introductions into the various areas of
legal practice, such as law office organization, legal research,
and litigation and advocacy. This course will provide students
with a good introductory overview of the paralegal's role and
contribution to today's legal system.
Total Program Credits: 90
Online students will take the program-specific Eight Skills of the Effective Student course 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
Students enrolled in a paralegal studies
program: PA 101; students enrolled in a legal studies program: LS
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 duty owed to the clients. Are the clients protected
against having confidential information revealed? What are the
duties and responsibilities regarding the ethical conduct of the
paralegal? This course discusses these areas and presents canons,
codes of ethics, ethical and procedural practices in a law
office, licensing and certification, and
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.
Last term or permission from the
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.
Students enrolled in a paralegal studies program: PA 101; students enrolled in a legal studies program: LS 102 | Corequisite: Students enrolled in the Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies degree option: PA 101
This course teaches students to use
application software. Topics include an introduction to the
Windows operating system and to Microsoft Office applications
such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students also learn how to
apply software applications within a
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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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
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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.
‡ 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.
§ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (accessed April, 2012). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.