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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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Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

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Lawyers depend on their paralegals and legal assistants to help them do their jobs. South University’s Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies will equip you with the necessary training, education, and relevant experience to help you be successful in this important role, as well as put you on a path toward earning you Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a combination of specialized coursework and an externship in a legal setting such as a law firm, real estate company, bank, or federal government agency. Working under the supervision of a licensed attorney, students will perform tasks such as interviewing clients and witnesses or preparing legal documents in preparation for real cases.

Apply to South University, Savannah’s Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies today.

http://www.southuniversity.edu/savannah/areas-of-study/criminal-justice-and-legal-studies/paralegal-studies-associate-of-science-as
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