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Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

Dr. April Taylor, Interim Department Chair, Paralegal Studies
Offered through the Savannah campus, the partially online Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program’s courses 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. All students in the partially online Paralegal Studies degree program must complete at least four legal specialty courses comprising at least sixteen (16) quarter hours of credit in a traditional classroom format.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Course Requirements

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies: 92 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 40 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics (choose one)
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences (choose one)
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose one)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose one)
ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
ECO2072 Principles of Macroeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
POL2076 American Government, 4 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC2010 Social Problems, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 8 Credits
BUS1038 Business Law I, 4 Credit Hours
BUS2038 Business Law II, 4 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 44 Credits
Core
LGS1001 The Legal Field: Law and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
LGS1004 Torts and Remedies, 4 Credit Hours
LGS1005 Legal Research and Writing I, 4 Credit Hours

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LGS1006 Legal Research and Writing II, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2001 Civil Litigation, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2002 Family Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2003 Estate Planning and Probate, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2004 Criminal Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2007 Computers in the Legal Office, 4 Credit Hours
Electives (choose one)
LGS2005 Real Estate Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2008 Worker's Compensation Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2010 Bankruptcy Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2030 Administrative Law, 4 Credit Hours
Capstone:
LGS2099 Paralegal Externship, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

All students enrolling in the partially online program offered through the Savannah campus must document that at least four legal specialty courses comprising at least 16 quarter credit hours were completed in a traditional classroom format.

*The program requires that LGS1005 Legal Research and Writing I be completed in a traditional classroom format. The student can complete any other three (3) legal specialty courses in a traditional classroom format with the approval of the Program Director in consultation with the Registrar. The courses completed on campus in a traditional classroom format must be comparable to the legal specialty courses offered at South University.

Students in Savannah's partially online Legal Studies Program should contact their academic counselor for information on completing these requirements.

South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Outcomes

This partially online Paralegal Studies degree program can prepare you to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of procedural and substantive law by successfully completing legal assignments routinely performed in a law office or any organization involved with legal processes under the supervision of an attorney.
  • An awareness of the needs of a modern technology-based law office.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical standards expected of a paralegal.
  • Communication skills, including public speaking, letter and memorandum writing, as well as legal drafting under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Legal research and analytical and critical thinking skills, including reasoned approaches to legal problem solving.

Career Outlook

Upon completing the Paralegal Studies associate’s degree program, you’ll be ready to work under the supervision of an attorney in entry-level paralegal and legal assistant positions and perform general background work for a legal firm. The American Bar Association (ABA) defines a paralegal as “a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” Paralegals and legal assistants may not give legal advice, set fees, represent clients in court, or provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. This degree program can also help get you started on the path to earning your Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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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.”

Alicia Parler 2010
Alicia Parler Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

“The comradery among service men and women exists due to hardships and discipline soldiers confront together on a regular basis. More than anything, military life has taught me to appreciate my freedom as an American, something I took for granted before I joined. I learned self-discipline, which made me a better student, and ultimately, helped me realize my career aspirations. As soon as I stepped foot onto campus, and started contacting professors like Carolyn Horner, the whole experience from start-to-finish has been welcoming and encouraging. ”

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.”

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.