Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
The Paralegal Studies program offered from Yavapai College is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into paralegal professions in a variety of fields. The need for a well-educated legal professional is growing as an in-house trend in many organizations. The program builds on already learned foundations from current employment and experiences, while also providing a formal academic curriculum for non-legal courses.
Ideal candidates for the Paralegal Studies program will already be working the legal field as an assistant or administrative professional. Earning a degree in paralegal studies may provide undergraduate students with a solid foundation of essential legal and law related concepts to enter into assistant, administrative and paralegal positions. Students may apply learned material in a variety of positions within law firms, legal aid, paralegal assistants, government, and many more. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and complete work that includes preparing legal documents, researching and compiling information, and communicating with clients. Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as computer literacy skills, are important for individuals in the paralegal field.
A higher education in paralegal studies aims to strengthen a student’s awareness of criminal behavior and the complex legal actions involved with the judicial system. Successful students may also choose to combine the AAS degree concentration with other educational aspirations in political science, economics, environmental studies, or psychology.
Upon successful completion of the 64 credit hour Paralegal Studies program, students should be able to apply the learned concepts from courses covering areas of ethics, wills, trusts and estates, criminal law procedures, and family law procedures, among others.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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