Paralegal Studies

Associate Degree 16-24 mo

Paralegal online program

If you're interested in a challenging career that allows you to use your organizational and research skills, our Paralegal Studies Associate Degree can help you take the first steps toward a career in law. Through flexible online classes, you'll learn how to complete essential paralegal skills on your schedule, from home. 

  • Our Paralegal online program can prepare students for entry-level legal careers as a paralegal.
  • In your online paralegal degree, you'll learn foundational skills relevant to the field like preparing legal paperwork, filing court documents, and performing legal research.
  • Graduates qualify to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal examination, an industry-recognized credential that can help your resume stand out when applying for jobs. 
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First Semester

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to comply with legal ethics and regulations including understanding when communications with clients and others are privileged and how to avoid conflicts of interest.
  2. How to discuss torts and defenses to tort actions and understand negligence, liability, and workers' compensation.
  3. How to research primary and secondary sources to determine relevant case law, find statutes and other information from appropriate sources using Lexis.com and other Internet sources, and  how to correctly cite sources.
  4. How to prepare, file, and serve complaints and motions.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Paralegal Studies Career Outcomes

Paralegal

AVG SALARY*

$52,920/yr

NUMBER OF JOBS*

337,800

JOB GROWTH*

10%


Our paralegal online degree can help students prepare for work as a paralegal in a variety of settings including law offices, corporate legal departments, and more. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the NALA certification exam to become a certified paralegal, the national professional standard for paralegals.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Paralegal Studies Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Paralegal online degree can help prepare you for the first step in your legal career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them. 
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"I would recommend Penn Foster to anyone... It’s a convenient way for you to accomplish your goal. You work at your own pace, nobody else's."

Paralegal Online Program Curriculum

  • 4 semesters
  • 63 credits

In our paralegal online program, you'll learn the fundamental legal and writing skills that can help you prepare for an entry-level job and certification as a paralegal. Your online paralegal courses include:


  • Legal Terminology
  • Torts
  • Civil Litigation
  • Family Law

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Paralegal Online Program Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!  

Option 1: Pay semester in full

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Our Proven Paralegal Studies Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals

Flexible

  • Start anytime 
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced

Interactive

  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Webinars and discussion boards 

Connected

  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community 
  • Student Portal Help Center

Supportive

  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resources 

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Paralegal Online Degree FAQs

What can you do with a paralegal associate degree?

An associate degree in paralegal studies can prepare students for entry-level jobs as paralegals after graduation. Throughout your four semester program, you'll learn the fundamental skills to be a successful paralegal from legal research to understanding legal concepts in torts and civil law. Paralegals most often work in law offices, for individual attorneys, courthouses, local and federal government agencies, and corporate legal departments. Typically, the day-to-day duties of a paralegal include case management, drafting reports and legal documents, and some administrative work.

What is the average salary of a paralegal?

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for a paralegal was $52,920 in per year in 2020.* Salary can vary based on your education, credentials, work experience, who you work for, and even the state you live in.

What is the career outlook for a paralegal?

The need for skilled paralegals is expected to grow by 10% in the next ten years, adding 35,300 new jobs.* As law firms and other legal employers come to rely more on paralegals to assist with cases and administrative work, there will be more opportunities for entry-level positions in a variety of settings.

What is the career path of a paralegal?

For paralegals who wish to advance in their careers over time, there are a few career path options. Many study to become a paralegal as the first step toward earning a bachelor's and then a law degree, allowing them to work as attorneys, law librarians, and more. However, if you're not interested in being a lawyer, there are other possible pathways to advancement. Paralegals who specialize in a particular area of the law can find that they're more in-demand and can even earn a higher salary. Paralegals can specialize in commercial law, healthcare, estate planning, family law, intellectual property, and real estate. Paralegals can also earn the title of paralegal manager within a law firm. 

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Paralegals and Legal Secretaries." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed May 24, 2021.


Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.