Paralegal Associate’s Degrees

About 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States offer formal training programs in paralegal studies, with about 260 of them being approved by the American Bar Association. Though most employers don’t see ABA-approval as a requirement for entry-level employment, graduating from an ABA-approved program is beneficial for those who plan to advance further in the field of law. Here you can see a list of our partner paralegal schools.

A typical 24-month associate program in paralegal studies includes classes in basic paralegal concepts, as well as a small variety of other subjects related to the profession. For most programs, these courses include subjects like:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Analysis and Writing
  • Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Domestic Relations
  • Criminal law
  • Real property
  • Trusts, Wills and Estate Administration
  • Contracts
  • Torts: Personal Injury Litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Social Security Disability
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • English
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Business Management
  • Mathematics Essentials
  • Psychology

At the successful completion of the program, the graduating student is eligible to earn an associate degree and can now go out into the world looking for entry-level paralegal employment.