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Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Dr. April Taylor, Interim Department Chair, Paralegal Studies

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

American Bar Association

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies programs at South University are approved by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598 312.988.5522 800.285.2221.

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Discover the benefits of an education from all South University locations. Since 1899, South University has committed to the professional, social, intellectual, and personal development of our diverse students by providing a faculty that lends professional experience to the learning experience, and a student body that shares a goal of professional fulfillment.

* The High Point and Orlando Off-Campus Instructional Sites are designed to provide students with the benefits of a South University experience at a convenient location. Not all programs are offered at our Off-Campus Instructional Sites. 

✝This South University school is currently not accepting any new students.

success stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our Criminal Justice & Legal Studies graduates have to say.

Vicki Tucci 1997
Vicki Tucci Grad Alumni
Class of '96
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

“Ultimately, I would like to use my experience and law degree to become a judge. As a young, single mom still fleshing out a career, I felt so clueless about many things. It was that hunger for knowledge that led me to South University’s program in paralegal studies. I got so much more than a classroom education. I found friends, professional contacts, and a world of inspiration from being around people who wanted to see me at my best.”

Linda Hunter 2010
Linda Hunter Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

“I can go just about anywhere and say I have a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies from a university whose program is approved by the ABA, and professionals know what that means. I know my hard work and the degree will be noticed.”

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Peter Gross Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

“My classes at South University were inspiring, not just informative; a thorough curriculum absolutely gave me the background I needed to be hired immediately at my law office.”

Steve Knafelc 2013
Steve Knafelc Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

“All of my classes were conducted online, and with my work schedule at the sheriff's office this was the best move for me to make.”

Tami Stuart 2011
Tami Stuart Grad Alumni
Class of '11
Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

“I knew I would need to pursue a career I could be passionate about, and something I would be happy doing for a long time. My father was an attorney and he taught me respect for the justice system. I remembered spending many happy hours in his office, when he would point to his statue of Lady Justice and explain the importance of justice being blind and the scales being fair. The fact that the Paralegal Studies program at South University is approved by the American Bar Association was a big part of my decision.”

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