Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies

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Program Overview

From writing briefs to performing research to aiding in trials, paralegals play a vital role in the American legal system. Get started in this stable and important field by earning your associate of arts in paralegal studies from FNU.

Learning Outcomes

In this 60 credit hour Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies program, you’ll develop a foundational understanding of the American legal system. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue higher-level studies or begin a career in law.

Course Overview

Student Life Skills (1 credit)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
1SLS 1501College Study Skills

English and Communications (9 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3ENC 1101English Composition I*
3ENC 1102English Composition II*
3SPC 1017Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Humanities (6 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PHI 1600Ethics
3Any Humanities Course

Behavioral/Social Science (6 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PSY 1012General Psychology
3Any Social Science Course

Natural Science (7 Credits Includes 1 Lab)

Credit HoursCourse Name
6Any Two Natural Science Courses
1Including One Lab

Mathematics (7 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3MAC 1105College Algebra I*
4STA 2014Introduction to Statistics*

Information Literacy (3 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CGS 1030Introduction to Information Technology

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PLA 1003Introduction to the Law
3PLA 2104Legal Research & Writing I
3PLA 2114Legal Research & Writing II
3PLA 2201Introduction to Civil Procedure
3PLA 2273Introduction to Torts
3PLA 2700Professional Ethics and Liability

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PLA 1426Contracts and Business Entities
3PLA 2303Criminal Law and Procedure
3PLA 2763Law Office Management
3PLA 2800Family Law & Practice
  • *This course has prerequisites; check course descriptions.