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Top Legal Studies & Paralegal Associate's Degree Programs Online

“Legal studies” refers to both legal degree and paralegal degree programs. Completing such a program can qualify you for work in a variety of law specialties, including criminal law, family law, real estate law, tax law and many others. In the paralegal profession, an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies prepares you for entry-level paralegal jobs.

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Murray State UniversityUndergraduate
Murray, KY

Nicholls State UniversityUndergraduate
Thibodaux, LA

North Carolina Wesleyan CollegeUndergraduate
Rocky Mount, NC

Northern Kentucky UniversityUndergraduate
Highland Heights, KY

Northwestern UniversityUndergraduate
Evanston, IL

Nova Southeastern UniversityUndergraduate
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Oberlin CollegeUndergraduate
Oberlin, OH

Ohio State University--ColumbusUndergraduate
Columbus, OH

Park UniversityUndergraduate
Parkville, MO

Peirce CollegeUndergraduate
Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania College of TechnologyUndergraduate
Williamsport, PA

Point Park UniversityUndergraduate
Pittsburgh, PA

Post UniversityUndergraduate
Waterbury, CT

Quinnipiac UniversityUndergraduate
Hamden, CT

Ramapo College of New JerseyUndergraduate
Mahwah, NJ

Rockhurst UniversityUndergraduate
Kansas City, MO

Roger Williams UniversityUndergraduate
Bristol, RI

Rogers State UniversityUndergraduate
Claremore, OK

Roosevelt UniversityUndergraduate
Chicago, IL

Saginaw Valley State UniversityUndergraduate
University Center, MI

Sam Houston State UniversityUndergraduate
Huntsville, TX

Scripps CollegeUndergraduate
Claremont, CA

Shawnee State UniversityUndergraduate
Portsmouth, OH

South UniversityUndergraduate
Savannah, GA

Southern Arkansas UniversityUndergraduate
Magnolia, AR

Southern Illinois University--CarbondaleUndergraduate
Carbondale, IL

St. Augustine's UniversityUndergraduate
Raleigh, NC

St. Francis CollegeUndergraduate
Brooklyn Heights, NY

St. John's UniversityUndergraduate
Queens, NY

St. Joseph's UniversityUndergraduate
Philadelphia, PA

St. Mary-of-the-Woods CollegeUndergraduate
St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN

Stephen F. Austin State UniversityUndergraduate
Nacogdoches, TX

Stevenson UniversityUndergraduate
Stevenson, MD

Suffolk UniversityUndergraduate
Boston, MA

Susquehanna UniversityUndergraduate
Selinsgrove, PA

Syracuse UniversityUndergraduate
Syracuse, NY

Temple UniversityUndergraduate
Philadelphia, PA

Texas A&M University--CommerceUndergraduate
Commerce, TX

Texas Wesleyan UniversityUndergraduate
Fort Worth, TX

Texas Woman's UniversityUndergraduate
Denton, TX

Thomas Edison State CollegeUndergraduate
Trenton, NJ

Tulane UniversityUndergraduate
New Orleans, LA

United States Air Force AcademyUndergraduate
USAF Academy, CO

United States Military AcademyUndergraduate
West Point, NY

Universidad del EsteUndergraduate
Carolina, PR

University of AkronUndergraduate
Akron, OH

University of Alaska--SoutheastUndergraduate
Juneau, AK

University of ArkansasUndergraduate
Fayetteville, AR

University of BaltimoreUndergraduate
Baltimore, MD

University of California--BerkeleyUndergraduate
Berkeley, CA


Earn Your 2 Year Legal Degree Online

Online legal and paralegal degrees provide you with the opportunity to start or advance your legal career while continuing to work full-time. For example, working on your paralegal associate’s degree online allows you to keep a regular job – perhaps in a related field like law clerk – while taking your paralegal courses when time permits. Completing a legal or paralegal associate’s program presents you with financial advantages too; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, holding an associate’s degree means earning almost $10,000 more annually than someone who has only a high school diploma.

Sample Degree – Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies

This two-year program (assuming full-time coursework) prepares you for entry-level paralegal positions and can also serve as a strong base for later study in a bachelor’s program. The jobs that an AAS in Paralegal Studies qualifies you for typically involve work such as reviewing contracts and doing research under the supervision of a lawyer.

Job Duties and Outlook for Paralegals

Paralegals continue to be in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an 18% increase by 2020 in the number of people holding paralegal jobs nationwide. The median average salary for a paralegal in 2010 was $46,680 in 2010, with the top 10% earning more than $74,870.

In general, paralegals help lawyers prepare for legal hearings, trials and any kind of meeting requiring legal expertise. Specific paralegal duties can vary, but typically would include organizing paperwork, preparing written reports for attorneys and preparation of legal documents.