Paralegal Studies (Associate's)
You can collaborate in some of today's most exciting legal work without a law degree.
The online associate's degree in Paralegal Studies at Virginia College is designed to prepare you for this fast-paced and rapidly growing* career field. Our practical, real-world training is designed to get you ready to pursue a career as a paralegal in law firms, courtrooms, corporations, insurance companies and governmental agencies.
Our programs include training in professional skills, general education, technical competencies and research techniques. These degree programs help produce a well-rounded paralegal who is ready to use his or her critical thinking skills, legal knowledge and operational skills to assist a legal team in a variety of ways.
A paralegal's main responsibility is to help lawyers get ready for hearings, trials and closings. They organize relevant information, research applicable laws and prepare reports. Lawyers often depend on paralegals to investigate cases and manage complex legal documents.
What does legal employer William Hairston Jr. say about Virginia College students with a Paralegal Studies degree?
"If we have an opening, the first place we call is Virginia College."
A career as a paralegal might be right for you if you…
- Enjoy writing, reading and researching.
- Are interested in working in a legal setting.
- Are able to deal with the public.
- Are organized and enjoy helping others get things done.
* Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28% between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-2011 Edition)
Are you ready to start working on your paralegal degree online?
Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Learn more about our online associate’s degree program in paralegal studies by completing our Request More Information form or by calling us toll free at 888-827-7770.
Don’t let anything stand in the way of getting a paralegal associate degree online. We’ll help you determine the best ways to fund your education. First, find out if you qualify for financial aid. The Virginia College faculty and staff are available to make sure you get the most from your online college education experience.
*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.
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