back to top

Associate's Degree Program

In addition to the Certificate Program, National Paralegal College offers a course of study leading to an associate's degree in paralegal studies. This program is suitable for students who seek a broad-based foundation in legal studies and business, as well as for students who would like to use their paralegal training as a stepping-stone to a bachelor's degree.

The amount of time required to complete the associate's degree program varies with student course load, as illustrated below.

For students taking 3 courses at a time: 15 months
For students taking 2 courses at a time: 21 months
For students taking 1 course at a time: 41 months

To earn an associate's degree, a student must earn a total of 60 credits, as follows:

Optional, self-paced introductory course:
Introduction to the Law 0 credits
Pick 8 of the following specialty and advanced legal courses: Total: 24 credits
PLG-103: Criminal Law 3 credits
PLG-104: Real Property 3 credits
PLG-105: Business Law & Bankruptcy 3 credits
PLG-106: Wills, Trusts and Estates 3 credits
PLG-107: Domestic Relations 3 credits
PLG-110: Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure 3 credits
PLG-111: Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 credits
PLG-112: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights 3 credits
PLG-201: Federal Income Taxation 3 credits
PLG-202: Employment Law 3 credits
PLG-203: Environmental Law 3 credits
PLG-204: Immigration Law 3 credits
PLG-301: Laws of Evidence * 3 credits
PLG-302: Administrative Law * 3 credits
PLG-303: Public Communications Law * 3 credits
PLG-304: White Collar Crime * 3 credits
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

* These courses have recommended prerequisites.
** These courses have required prerequisites.
Click the course name for more information.

Pick 8 of the following general education courses: Total: 24 credits
ACC-101: Principles of Accounting 3 credits
BUS-201: International Business 3 credits
ECO-101: Microeconomics 3 credits
ECO-102: Macroeconomics 3 credits
ENG-102: Business Writing 3 credits
FIN-101: Principles of Finance 3 credits
GOV-201: American Government 3 credits
HIS-101: American History 1 - Discovery to Reconstruction 3 credits
HIS-102: American History 2 - Westward Expansion to Post-Vietnam 3 credits
BUS-101: Principles of Management 3 credits
BUS-102: Principles of Marketing 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

NOTE: Students may substitute up to three general education courses with additional legal specialty courses from the list above.