Rasmussen University’s online Paralegal Associate’s Degree sets you apart from the competition with career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities—including a virtual capstone course—preparing you for a stable, successful paralegal career. In as few as 18 months, you can complete your Paralegal Associate’s degree and prepare to become a certified paralegal.1
Paralegal courses cover modern legal issues such as intellectual property, as well as emerging technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrency. You’ll develop the strong writing and critical-thinking skills necessary to excel in our online Paralegal program and in your career after you’ve earned your degree. From conducting research and preparing legal documents for hearings, trials or corporate meetings to being involved in courts, law firms and government agencies, you will become part of an important, fast-paced team within the legal system.
You can earn your Paralegal degree online with $99 self-directed assessments, which allow you to prove that you already have the knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it.
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Strive for Industry Certification
Our advanced Paralegal studies curriculum is designed to academically prepare you to sit for the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal (CLA/CP) Examination.2
Launch Your Paralegal Career
Upon graduation and passing of your CLA/CP Examination, you can start showcasing your knowledge and transferable skills to employers and begin a stable career in today’s fast-paced legal environment.
Pursue Potential Job Growth
A Paralegal degree from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2019 and 2029 for Paralegals and Legal Assistants is 11%.3
Legal Analysis and Insight
Develop your ability to draft legal documents, manage case files, synthesize data, properly cite legal authorities and identify relevant information sources for legal problems.
Navigate Legal Research Tools
Utilize and navigate extensive legal research tools such as Clio, Lexis Advance® and Fastcase and how such databases are used in the legal research process.4
Advanced Writing Skills
Understand and apply the principles of legal research and writing. Develop strong writing, information and financial literacy, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Managing Legal Relationships
Value the ability to effectively communicate in a variety of situations. Utilize practical approach to the law of contracts and effectively work with contracts, breach of contracts and the remedies provided for a breach of contract.
You’ll also develop the soft skills you will transfer into your role. Core courses develop your skills in critical thinking, communication, digital fluency, information literacy, diversity and teamwork and ethics and professional responsibility. Learn more about transferable skills.
- PLA 1013
- 4 Credits
- PLA 2820
- 4 Credits
- PLA 1108
- 3 Credits
Introduction to Law and the Legal System
Examines the American legal system from a variety of perspectives. Surveys topics including essential history, the working structure of government, issues of court procedure and specific legal concepts. Investigates the role of the paralegal in the legal system and the impact of legal ethics on the paralegal.
Paralegal Associate Capstone
Prepares students for entry into the legal community through a simulated and meaningful law office experience in an online environment. Students learn through advanced analysis, research and writing projects, then demonstrate their mastery of the content of their core curriculum and apply specialized theory, skills and concepts. Students will engage in practical work experience in the day-to-day operations of a law office work environment and will handle simulated client cases.
Intro to Legal Research
Introduces the legal research process for paralegals. Students will develop information literacy skills specific to the paralegal field by working with primary sources, like state and federal enacted law and secondary sources. Students will learn the meaning of, and practice, shepardizing.
24 Courses to Complete
90 Credit Hours
Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen University School of Justice Studies vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today, or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with self-directed assessments, credit for prior learning, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
- 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.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
- LexisNexis is a registered trademark of Reed Elsevier Inc.