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Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Program Details

Lawyers depend on paralegals and legal assistants to help them succeed in their practice of law. At South University, our partially online Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program can equip you with the training, education, and relevant experience needed to enter this important role.

The Paralegal Studies program’s courses cover torts and remedies, legal research and writing, ethics, civil litigation, estate planning, legal software, and business, family, and criminal law. In the Paralegal Studies associate’s degree capstone course, you’ll gain valuable experience in a legal setting such as a law firm, real estate company, bank, or federal government agency. In this setting, you’ll work under the supervision of a licensed attorney to perform tasks like preparing legal documents or interviewing clients and witnesses in preparation for real cases.

Requirements

Students must complete at least four legal specialty courses comprising at least sixteen (16) quarter hours of credit in a traditional classroom format.

  • Provide proof of high school graduation as recognized by the state of residence on the date the degree was earned or the equivalent (e.g., GED) with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must also complete the university-administered placement test during the first session of attendance
  • South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Restrictions

Not authorized for residents of: AR, MN, MD, OR, MA, NY, AL, DC.