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School Description

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:
Introduction to the Law 0 credits
Advanced legal courses:
PLG-401: Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing ** 3 credits
PLG-402: Advanced Civil Litigation ** 3 credits
PLG-403: Drafting Contracts and Contract Provisions ** 3 credits
PLG-404: Legal Document Preparation ** 3 credits
PLG-405: Trust Drafting * 3 credits

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

General education courses:
ACC-101: Principles of Accounting 3 credits
BUS-201: International Business 3 credits
ECO-101: Microeconomics 3 credits
ECO-102: Macroeconomics 3 credits
ENG-101: English Composition 3 credits
ENG-102: Business Writing 3 credits
ENG-201: Contemporary American Literature 3 credits
FIN-101: Principles of Finance 3 credits
GOV-201: American Government 3 credits
HIS-201: American History 1 - Discovery to Reconstruction 3 credits
HIS-202: American History 2 - Westward Expansion to Post-Vietnam 3 credits
MAN-101: Principles of Management 3 credits
MAR-101: Principles of Marketing 3 credits
MAT-101: College Algebra 3 credits
MAT-102: Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 credits
MAT-201: Ideas in Math 3 credits
MED-201: Media & Cultural Literacy 3 credits
MIS-201: Management Information Systems 3 credits
PSC-201: Comparative Politics 3 credits
SOC-201: Introduction to Sociology 3 credits


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.