Paralegal

Online Certificate, Online Associate's Degree

Earn your online Paralegal degree or Certificate and become an integral part of the legal system. You’ll learn about the legal system and the importance of legal ethics from skilled instructors who are practicing judges, attorneys and paralegals—all to get exposure in different types of law and legal issues, including family law, criminal law and civil litigation.

Our online paralegal programs help you on your way to becoming a paralegal by offering you the career-relevant skills you need to provide services in all areas of the legal system, including courts, law firms and government agencies, while under the supervision of an attorney. Each program also features a Paralegal Capstone that prepares you for meaningful law office experience in a simulated, online environment.

Graduate with a Paralegal Associate’s degree online in as few as 18 months or, if you already have an Associate's or Bachelor's degree, you can graduate with a Paralegal Certificate online in as few 8 months.1

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  • Curriculum in Key Skill Areas and Exam Prep

    Courses cover relevant competencies and technologies you’ll need to know in your paralegal career, such as blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, with credit by assessments for information covering criminal and civil cases. From a virtual legal office experience in the Capstone course to legal software and databases (Lexis Advance®, Fastcase and Clio), you’ll become prepared for the real world through classes designed to give you more control and balance over your schedule.

    Our advanced online Paralegal program curriculum provides the foundation for you to study and sit for the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal (CLA/CP) Examination.

  • Transferable Skills

    Along with program-specific skills, students in all programs and at all credential levels learn six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills: critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

    All six skills are strategically embedded into your program, further preparing you for your career. Paralegal students in both credentials develop information literacy by drafting legal documents, managing case files, synthesizing data, properly citing legal authorities and identifying relevant information sources for legal problems. Develop strong diversity and teamwork skills through reflecting on the diversity of clients in regard to religion, ideology, sex, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and political viewpoints.Learn more about transferable skills.

  • Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

    This Associate's degree is available with Flex Choice self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. Assessments provide more flexibility, and—at $99 per attempt—this is a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

  • Regional Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Paralegal Credentials Offered

Paralegal

Certificate

Finish in as few as

8 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience

Intended for

Students who already have an Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree and are interested in advancing their education conveniently online to become a paralegal. Students who are interested in all phases of the legal system and are looking for a stable career assisting attorneys. Students who have a passion to help and serve their community.

Prepares you for

Paralegal, legal secretary, legal assistant, court administrative assistant, court clerk, file clerk, compliance specialist, contract specialist

Paralegal

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice®

Intended for

Students without a degree and are interested in conveniently advancing their education in paralegal studies online. Students who are interested in all phases of the legal system and are looking for a stable career assisting attorneys. Students who have a passion to help and serve their community.

Prepares you for

Paralegal, legal secretary, legal assistant, court administrative assistant, court clerk, file clerk, compliance specialist, contract specialist

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Turn Your Online Paralegal Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your paralegal education easier by offering classes and credentials that fit into a busy working schedule. All of our Paralegal programs are taught online through career-focused curriculum and experienced faculty to prepare you for a life after graduation. Through the capstone course, students have the opportunity to integrate learning, skills and theoretical knowledge from the Paralegal program in the form of real-world paralegal activities simulated in the online environment. If you have already earned an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, our online Paralegal Certificate curriculum is designed to give you the core legal knowledge and skills you need to start your paralegal career in as few as eight months.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.4 Here is just one example of where an online Paralegal degree can take you.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $32,160 10th Percentile
    • $39,500 25th Percentile
    • $51,740 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    12%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Associate's Degree
Andrew Wipper paralegal alumni

"The curriculum at Rasmussen goes beyond just theory. To be a good paralegal, you really need to be a jack of all trades."

Andrew
Paralegal Graduate

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Rasmussen University will reimburse the application fee for each first attempt of all of the industry certification exams for which you qualify to take. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 21, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2019. Accessed by 7/15/2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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