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Paralegal Studies, Associate Degree

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 2 months
    Duration
Online
The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies at American Public University System offers a foundation in legal doctrine, along with the analytical, technical, and communication skills necessary for a career in the legal field. 
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Overview

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies at American Public University System prepare students 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 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:

    Courses Start Monthly

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Duration description

      8-Week Program Format

  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to Law for Paralegals
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Civil Practice and Procedure

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    520

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    285 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 285 USD per credit and a duration of 2 months.
  • National

    285 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 285 USD per credit and a duration of 2 months.
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Funding

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