Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies
American Public University System

Program Details

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree program offers a foundation in legal doctrine, along with the analytical, technical, and communication skills necessary for a career in the legal field. Graduates are prepared to:

  • Apply legal research methods and techniques that are used in the practice of law
  • Develop skills in legal reasoning, in identifying and effectively using legal resources and in writing legal documents
  • Evaluate the importance of secondary sources in legal research
  • Describe the primary rules and sources and roles of each in legal research
  • Distinguish how advice, persuasion, and advocacy enter into legal research
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature, function, principles, and concepts as they relate to the paralegal and apply critical legal thinking and analytical skills to resolve typical situations or facts
  • Comprehend and describe what a paralegal is and how one fits into the legal system


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • College Readiness Assessment (waived for students with 9 or more college credits)
  • Official transcripts

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission