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Take your interest in the law to the next level with a BS in Paralegal Studies. Our curriculum offers a broad knowledge base and a strong foundation in law while helping you further develop practical paralegal skills in legal writing, drafting, legal research, interviewing, using legal technology, and more. You will explore substantive areas of law such as civil litigation, real estate law, contracts, and torts to help expand your theoretical knowledge base.
Upon completion of the 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—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.
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.
Study to gain an in-depth understanding of the law and paralegal field with a program that incorporates professional experience and focuses on practical skills. By completing an optional internship in a legal setting as part of your program, you will have the opportunity to gain real-world professional experience. This practical training enables you to better communicate with legal professionals, witnesses, clients, and others about legal actions.
This online paralegal bachelor’s degree program focuses on preparing you to:
Eligible students in this bachelor's degree program who want to continue on to pursue a master's degree may be interested in the accelerated master's degree option. Students complete graduate-level courses within this undergraduate plan of study. Once accepted to the master’s degree program, students transfer in the graduate courses and matriculate into a shortened degree plan. This accelerated option allows students to complete both their bachelor's degree and master's degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Accelerated options are offered for the following programs. Qualification for accelerated options is subject to eligibility requirements.
This degree program is designed to help prepare you to pursue opportunities in law firms, corporate law departments, and government agencies.‡ Graduates may pursue career opportunities in a legal environment such as a private law firm, corporate law department, or local, state, or federal agency. And graduates with prior work experience could also find this degree to be a benefit in seeking advancement opportunities in their current position.
In addition to private law firms, the number and types of companies that demand the services of paralegals is projected to rise. These include corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms, and banks. Businesses of all sizes, and corporations in particular, are expected to increase their in-house legal departments to cut costs.§Use these phrases to conduct research on potential career paths:
If you already have an associate's degree from another accredited institution, our advanced start program may help you earn a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies in as little as two years.#
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 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: 180
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.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
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 is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics.
The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will
also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as
will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology.
Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological
sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
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: 180
Online students will take the program-specific Eight Skills of the Effective Student course and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to PA 165: Introduction to Torts must take the course in place of an open elective to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for PA 310: Tort Law.
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
In this course, students will become familiar
with procedures and documentation of real estate transactions.
The course will address a wide range of issues and functions
within the field of real estate law, including ethics, types of
ownership, use, possession, mortgages, financing, taxation,
closings, and litigation.
The course focuses on researching legal issues
and drafting legal documents using the results of student
research. Emphasis will be placed on the drafting of documents
commonly used in practice (rather than strictly legal theory).
This course also teaches students how to present the results of
research in professional memorandum format, helps students
acquire skills in briefing and analyzing court opinions and
writing legal memoranda, and teaches students how to prepare
legal documents from various areas of practice. The course is
intended to prepare students for the demands of a legal practice
This course builds on the concepts of all of
the paralegal courses students have mastered in the bachelor's
degree program. The capstone course integrates problem-solving
techniques and research skills studied in the paralegal program
and applies them to fact scenarios that present legal issues.
Students research the relevant secondary and primary sources in
order to draft the required legal documents.
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: 180
Total Program Credits: 90
Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to PA 165: Introduction to Torts must take the course in place of an open elective to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for PA 310: Tort Law.
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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* 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.
‡ Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.
§ 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.
# Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and credits considered to be remedial, occupational, or specialized may not be accepted for transfer. Average completion time based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete. Refer to the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit policy.