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Degree Program

In addition to the Certificate Program and the Associate's Degree Program, National Paralegal College offers a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies. The objective of this program is to provide the student with a rigorous academic foundation in a broad range of subjects in legal studies, a foundation in business, economics, English, and the social sciences, as well as exposure to advanced legal topics and career-oriented skills. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to become employed as paralegals at law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies and non-profit organizations, or to proceed to graduate study.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the bachelor's degree program varies with student course load, as illustrated below.

  • For students taking 3 courses at a time:
  • under 3 years
  • For students taking 2 courses at a time:
  • under 4 years
  • For students taking 1 course at a time:
  • under 7 years

Students using transfer credit to fulfill some program requirements will be able to finish more quickly.

To earn an bachelor's degree, a student must earn a total of 120 credits, as follows:

Program Component Credits Required Maximum transfer
credits accepted
Paralegal core courses         12      → 12 altogether
Paralegal specialty courses         24      →
Advanced legal courses 9 0
General education or paralegal specialty courses
(may also include one advanced legal course)
75 75

The following courses are offered at National Paralegal College:

Optional, self-paced introductory course:

Advanced legal courses:

* This course has a recommended prerequisite.
** These courses have required prerequisites.
Click the course name for more information.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree program, students will be able to:

  • Locate and apply relevant state and federal statutes from every jurisdiction.
  • Research applicable federal and state case law using LexisNexis or a similar online legal database for any relevant issue.
  • Draft basic legal documents such as complaints, answers, contracts, etc. from scratch or from an existing template.
  • Perform legal tasks in an ethical manner in accordance with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Avoid unauthorized practice of law by distinguishing between tasks that must be done by an attorney and those that can be done by a legal assistant.
  • Prepare and write legal memoranda, motions, and other court documents for review by an attorney.
  • Assist in the civil litigation process by conducting various investigative and discovery-related tasks.
  • Draft interoffice memoranda for the purpose of advising or informing supervising attorneys.
  • Take and pass the CLA/CP exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants, and earn the designation Certified Paralegal / Certified Legal Assistant.
  • Exhibit proficiency in writing letters, memoranda, and other communications in a corporate or law firm environment.
  • Apply concepts from a wide variety of legal disciplines, as well as other disciplines such as business, accounting, mathematics and economics, to their assigned tasks in a law firm or corporate environment.
  • Prepare complex legal documents such as appellate briefs, combined discovery requests, or commercial contracts.
  • Perform advanced legal research and writing tasks using online and in-person library resources for a wide variety of legal problems.
  • Edit and refine previously prepared legal documents to accommodate changes in circumstances and changes in law.