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Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies | Dr. April Vance, Department Chair, Legal Studies

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies | Dr. April Vance, Department Chair, Legal Studies

What's the difference between an associate's and bachelor's degree in the legal field? Dr. April Vance discusses the benefits of an Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree and how it differs from the Bachelor of Legal Studies program.

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My name is April Vance. I am the Interim Department Chair for the Legal Studies Department where students are engaged in pursuit of an Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at South University. The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies Degree is different from the Bachelor's of Science and Legal Studies Degree in that it provides a quicker way for you to enter into the workforce as a paralegal profession.

One degree typically takes the student two years to achieve, and that would be the Associate of Science degree. We have certain core classes that students are required to complete. This may include Family Law. Students are also engaged in the study of Introduction to Legal Ethics. And finally, students also do an externship where they are required to complete 120 hours of practical experience in a legal office to prepare them for becoming the paralegal that they hope to be.

So come, bring your previous life experience, your knowledge, your interest, your prior education, but come with the expectation that you are going to find professionals who really want to help you achieve this goal.

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Online Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies Degree Programs

Study Criminal Justice or Legal Studies. The South Way.

The BS and MS in Criminal Justice and AS in Paralegal Studies programs at South University, Online Programs represent two sides of the legal system. Both provide a strong foundation for starting or expanding your career and convenient online classes you can access anytime.

Working in criminal justice begins with a will to serve. If you’re committed to keeping your community safe, our online Criminal Justice bachelors and master’s degree programs can aid you on your pursuit of making a difference in law enforcement, corrections, or politics.

For a career in law, South University can prepare you to become one of the qualified, hardworking candidates that employers seek. If you’re interested in investigating cases, researching law, and preparing legal documents, our partially online, associates in Paralegal Studies program can put you on the path to a fulfilling legal career.

Learn more now about earning your AS in Paralegal Studies or BS or MS in Criminal Justice degree at South University, Online Programs.

http://www.southuniversity.edu/online/areas-of-study/criminal-justice-and-legal-studies

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