Paralegal (Associate Degree)

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Paralegals play a key role in the complex and exciting legal industry. While lawyers are ultimately responsible for legal work, many tasks are often delegated to paralegals. If you are interested in training for a new career or advancing in the legal industry, the Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Kaplan Career Institute can be the first step on the path to career success.

Typically, students enrolled in a paralegal school pursue a career in a legal environment such as a private law firm, corporation, or government agency. This program offers courses in the basic understanding of the core areas of law and court systems to help you stand out in the competitive job market. As a student of the paralegal degree program, you can learn how to prepare for litigation, provide administrative support during courtroom proceedings, interview witnesses, and research legal issues.*

Paralegal Studies Program Features

This is your opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to seek a career in the legal field. Our paralegal degree program provides a fundamental awareness of the law and practical hands-on skills that can prepare you to meet the demands of the paralegal profession. Coursework includes the following topics:

  • Legal research
  • Civil litigation
  • Contracts
  • Criminal law
  • Wills, trusts, and estate planning
  • Torts and personal injury

Kaplan Career Institute’s paralegal program offers training in research skills, critical thinking abilities, and communication techniques with interesting and varied externship possibilities.

Potential Paralegal Career Opportunities

By obtaining an associate's degree from our paralegal studies program you can seek various entry-level positions† in a legal setting, such as the following:

  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal assistant
  • Legal assistant
  • Legal specialist
  • Legal secretary
  • Legal receptionist
  • Legal administrative assistant
  • Office administrator
  • Office manager
  • Legal typist

† Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.

* Kaplan Career Institute cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Campus Locations

The General Practice Paralegal program is available at the following Kaplan Career Institute locations:


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Tuition and Fees

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