Paralegal Studies Educational Course Options
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The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is designed for students planning to further their education at four-year colleges and universities. Degree courses focus on Paralegal Studies while also preparing students for academic success through general education course requirements.
The Paralegal Studies program has articulation agreements with Stevenson University, University of Maryland University College and University of Baltimore. Because transfer institutions vary widely in their requirements, students interested in transferring courses to upper division colleges or universities are strongly advised to speak with their advisor before registering for any course.
The certificate in Paralegal Studies is designed for students who already have an A.A., A.S., A.A.S. or baccalaureate degree and would like to start a career as a paralegal. Students must have earned a minimum of 18 semester credits in general education coursework as well as meet certain requirements for writing proficiency, oral communication skills, and breadth of study. A.A.S. students must consult the program director about their course of study.
Distance learning courses are an ideal learning method for some students. They provide educational opportunities to many people who, for a variety of reasons, cannot participate in regularly scheduled classes on campus. All course materials are available over the World Wide Web. Access to the instructor, as well as submission of assignments (except tests), will be in the WebCT classroom. At this time, there are four Paralegal classes offered online, but more are added each semester. In addition, most general education courses can also be taken online.
All students are encouraged to discuss their career plans with their advisors in the Paralegal Studies Program to learn about the options offered to them in terms of paralegal careers and transfer opportunities.