Paralegal Studies

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies offers a foundation in legal doctrine, along with the analytical, technical, and communication skills necessary for a career in the legal field. This associate degree program helps to prepare you for a paraprofessional career as a paralegal, or legal assistant. Knowledge gained from this online program is applicable to many employers seeking individuals with legal expertise, such as law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations or businesses with legal departments.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate degree is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Laws, the legal system, ethical issues, and legal terminology
  • Ethics and responsibilities of the legal profession, including fees and client relationships
  • Effective writing in a legal environment
  • Practical aspects of criminal law as they pertain to the paralegal
  • Real estate law, including leases, financing, and property rights
  • Legal research and writing tools
  • The civil litigation process and the paralegal’s role
  • Preparation of legal documents for criminal law cases
  • Criminal liability and criminal procedures

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • 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 of law 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.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.