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Paralegal Studies: Associate of Applied Science Degree

An Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies is offered for those students who wish to pursue a course of study emphasizing basic paralegal skills. Credits earned in this program will apply toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies described above. Students can often earn the bachelor's degree in six additional quarters.

Program Goals

The program will:

  • Prepare learners to attain university core abilities and program learning outcomes by utilizing performance-based curriculum in a caring and supportive learning environment.
  • Measure and assess student learning and implement improvements, as needed, to ensure high quality academic programs and services.
  • Prepare learners to develop plans for the pursuit of graduate studies and/or continuing professional development activities and membership in professional and community organizations.
  • Confirm that faculty members meet university qualifications guidelines, utilize effective and innovative teaching methods that promote academic excellence, and pursue opportunities for professional development.
  • Monitor the needs of the program’s community of interest and maintain the currency and relevancy of program curriculum through regular faculty and advisory committee meetings and academic program reviews.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law.
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology.
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing.
  • Model professional behavior in accordance with ethical guidelines governing the conduct of attorneys and paralegals.