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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.
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.
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 thatbe 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.
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