Academic Programs


Please note: This program is not currently accepting new enrollments.

The legal profession continues to grow. As a paralegal, you could work for a large private law firm; a public agency, such as the Department of the Attorney General or the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, or the courts; or in a small office with one or two lawyers. Good paralegals are in high demand.

Our Paralegal associate degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be practicing paralegals in law firms, government agencies, corporations and the courts.

As a student in our Paralegal program, you’ll learn to effectively and accurately use legal terminology, principles and procedures; conduct legal research; draft briefs, memoranda and pleadings using proper legal formatting; prepare a case for trial; carry out tasks under the supervision of a lawyer; and much more.

Get the skills you need to pursue the career path you want!

Our Paralegal associate degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be practicing paralegals in law firms, government agencies, corporations and the courts.


The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Non-attorneys may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. The ABA approval requires that nine (9) credit hours of legal specialty courses be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format.

Limitation on transfer of legal specialty credits:  Effective Summer 2022, students transferring credits into the Legal Studies bachelor’s program may not transfer more than 12 credits of legal specialty courses.  Legal specialty courses are:

  • LGL100/LGS110 Foundations in Law
  • LGL110/LGS130 Principles of Legal Research
  • LGL210/LGS135 Legal Research and Writing I
  • LGL211/LGS140 Civil Litigation I
  • LGL270/LGS160 Wills and Estates
  • LGL280/LGS190 Family Law
  • LGL240/LGS200 Contracts
  • LGL221/LGS230 Civil Litigation II
  • LGL300/LGS260 Administrative Law
  • LGL211/LGS280 Legal Research and Writing II

As required by the ABA, LGS135, LGS140, LGS230, and LGS280 may not be replaced with transfer credits unless the transferred courses were taken in a traditional classroom format.

A minor in legal studies is available to any student outside the paralegal associate and legal studies bachelor’s programs.

The minor in legal studies is not approved by the ABA and is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals.

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On-ground, Hybrid

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Foundations in Law
Principles of Legal Research
Legal Research and Writing
Civil Litigation
Criminal Law
Wills and Probate
Family Law

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Careers you can pursue

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Clerk
  • Title Examiner, Abstractor and Searcher
  • Legal Support Worker

You will succeed if you are...

  • Attentive to Detail
  • Analytical
  • Have a good memory
  • Write well
  • Can draw relevant conclusions from fact patterns


90.5% of our graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

* Based on graduates whom we have information during a one-year period from 2021-22. It should be noted that 97.1% of graduates were employed in some capcity or continuing their education.

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