Paralegal Studies – Associate of Science

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Program Summary

  • Paralegals help create legal documents, interview clients, engage in legal research, and help attorneys prepare for trial.
  • The program is designed to teach theory, practice, and management, to make you the most valuable to legal employers.
  • The objective is to provide students with a strong knowledge base in legal concepts, theory and management.

  • 34,700 paralegal and legal assistant jobs are projected to be added across the United States between 2016 and 2026. (1)
  • 15% growth is projected in the United States between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the national average for all occupations.

Employment Options

  • Law Firms
  • Corporate Legal Departments
  • Government Agencies
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Program Spotlight

What Classes will I Take?

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Law Office Management
  • Procedural Criminal Law

What are typical class hours?

  • Brookline’s program is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education.
  • You can be full-time or part-time, whichever works for your schedule.
Program Description & Outline
What Classes Will I Take?

Legal Research and Writing
Law Office Management
Procedural Criminal Law

Outline

60 CREDITS – 1030 CONTACT HOURS – 60 WEEKS

Paralegals will be prepared to function in entry-level positions in various legal office settings such as courts, law firms, insurance offices, or corporate legal divisions having skills in legal research, office skills, professional ethics, legal writing, analysis of case law, communication, and more.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Associate in Science Degree Program will:

  • Explain the methods of legal research including library and online research.
  • Explain the role, duties and responsibilities of a legal assistant.
  • Explain the principles of tort law and civil litigation.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of family law.
  • Determine the proper form needed for given situations.
  • Conduct himself/herself in a professional and ethical manner within the law office.
  • Discuss the history and nature of criminal law.
  • Explain the principles of contract law and UCC law.
  • Explain the probate process, both informally and formally.

Residential; Blended Program Requirements

Program Concentration – 39 Credits – 700 Contact hours Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours Practicum
LA 100 Legal Research and Writing I34500
LA 101 Legal Assisting34500
LA 110 Torts and Litigation I34500
LA 115 Family Law34500
LA 120 Specialty Practice Forms34500
LA 125 Law Office Management34500
CJ 260 Procedural Criminal Law34500
CJ 270 Substantive Criminal Law34500
LA 200 Contracts34500
LA 210 Estate Planning and Probate34500
LA 216 Torts and Litigation II34500
LA 220 Legal Research and Writing II34500
LA 290 Externship (Residential)300160
General Education - 15 Credits - 225 Contact hours Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours Practicum
Open Science - Science/Bio/A&P34500
Open English34500
Open Math34500
Open Soc Science - Social/Behavioral Science (Psych)34500
Open Soc Science – Social/Behavioral Science (Sociology)34500
Additional Course Requirements - 6 Credits - 105 Contact hours Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours Practicum
Open Elective330300
Open Elective34500
Total6084030160

*Some course may be completed/required to be completed via the online delivery method.

What Does a Paralegal Do?

Paralegals work in various legal office settings such as courts, law firms, insurance offices, or corporate legal divisions supporting attorneys, law offices, and corporations. Their skills include legal research, office skills, professional ethics, legal writing, analysis of case law, communication, and more.

Tuition & Fees

Your education is a big investment and Brookline College believes no investment offers more potential. A new career can transform your life, and we’re here to help you make that happen.

Tuition
  • At Brookline College there are no hidden costs. Our tuition includes books, supplies and all fees.
  • Tuition: Please call or click Request Info to determine your cost.
  • Program length: 60 weeks.
Paying For School
  • More than 88% of Brookline College students use some form of financial aid(1) to help cover the cost of their education(2). That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.
  • We have also provided The Net Price Calculator that will provide preliminary, non-binding estimates of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility based on federal methodology.

(1) Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
(2) Percentage calculated by Brookline College for the 2015-16 school year.

Admissions Process

We want to be sure your career goals are in line with your selected program of study. Our admission process will help you understand our programs and the career expectations in the field.

Five Simple Steps:

  1. Visit the campus. See what Brookline and the Paralegal Studies program is all about.
  2. Complete a Visitor Information Form.
  3. Complete a financial aid interview to develop a financial plan.
  4. Complete the Enrollment Agreement with an Admissions Representative to include collecting all necessary documentation.
  5. Meet with the Director of Education, or an appropriate Department Director to discuss any unusual enrollment circumstances or accommodations needed to successfully complete the program.

Once all requirements have been completed, the Director of Admissions, Director of Education, and Campus Director reviews the application for approval. Applicants are notified of their acceptance promptly.

Admissions Process

We want to be sure your career goals are in line with your selected program of study. Our admission process will help you understand our programs and the career expectations in the field.

Five Simple Steps:

  1. Visit the campus. See what Brookline and the Paralegal Studies program is all about.
  2. Complete a Visitor Information Form.
  3. Complete a financial aid interview to develop a financial plan.
  4. Complete the Enrollment Agreement with an Admissions Representative to include collecting all necessary documentation.
  5. Meet with the Director of Education, or an appropriate Department Director to discuss any unusual enrollment circumstances or accommodations needed to successfully complete the program.

Once all requirements have been completed, the Director of Admissions, Director of Education, and Campus Director reviews the application for approval. Applicants are notified of their acceptance promptly.

Locations that offer this program
Albuquerque
Tempe
Tucson
Online

Brookline College - Albuquerque Campus

Main Campus
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Albuquerque, NM 87105

Extension Educational Center
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Albuquerque, NM 87114

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Brookline College - Tempe Campus

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Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 545-8755

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Brookline College - Tucson Campus

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Tucson, AZ 85711

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(844) 769-0004

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