The Paralegal Studies- AS Degree* offered through Penn Foster College consists of four semesters and is completed online. Throughout the course of this program, students should learn skills in civil and criminal litigation, interpersonal communication, economics, and legal terminology. By earning a degree online, students still have the freedom to carry on their everyday lives without needing to drive to a campus.
The Paralegal Studies- AS Degree* begins with an introductory course in the paralegal profession, discussing business, education, and government. To be successful in the paralegal occupation, the person must be able to practice proper legal terminology. In the Ethics course, students learn about the responsibilities professionals face dealing with maintaining confidentiality and avoiding malpractice. Students study how to conduct interviews by learning the types of questions typically asked and then dealing with the information gained through the interview.
Business Law 1 and 2 teach students about American court practices, environmental law, international law, and contract law. Legal Research and Writing provide students with the type of work that actual paralegals would need to perform. In An Introduction to Criminal Law, students learn about practical aspects of criminal justice, criminal procedure, and the theory of criminal law. Students are required to take three general education elective courses.
*Residents of Minnesota will receive the Associate of Applied Science upon completing this program.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment.