Paralegal Studies

Associate’s Degree

Online and on-campus degrees available

Looking for a challenging career that could offer prestige, excitement and a brighter future?

Consider training to become an entry-level paralegal. Paralegals can be found assisting lawyers and other legal professionals in courtrooms, corporations, governmental offices, banks and attorneys' offices.

Training for Your Paralegal Career

With your choice of on-campus classes or convenient online learning, the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies from Virginia College can help prepare you for this fast-paced and rapidly growing* career field.

Students in this program have the opportunity to learn legal office procedures, delivery of legal services, and legal research and writing. The program curriculum is designed to develop professional skills, technical competencies and research experience needed by students entering the paralegal field. The program also includes a foundation in general education course work required to attain a degree-level credential.

What Does a Paralegal Do?

Paralegals do a variety of tasks to support lawyers including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents. They are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments or government agencies. The associate's degree in Paralegal Studies is designed to teach you the valuable skills and attributes that private- and public-sector employers are looking for.

Training for Paralegal Careers

Upon graduation from this program, whether through on-campus classes or via online learning, graduates should be able to:

  • Conduct client interviews and maintain contact with clients
  • Conduct legal research and prepare legal documents using critical thinking
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings and other legal documents
  • Assist in preparation of interrogatories and other documents related to litigation
  • Assist an attorney in execution of wills, real estate closings, depositions and preparation for court attendance
  • Use computer technology in a legal environment
  • Develop skills in selected general education curriculum including communication and problem solving

Paralegal Salary Information

The median pay in 2012 (the most recent available data) for paralegals was $46,990 per year. That's considerably more than the median annual wage for all workers, which was $34,750. 1

Virginia College Prepares You to Find the Job!

The job-placement experts on the Virginia College Career Services team will assist you in your career development with resume building, interview skills, career planning and job-placement assistance.

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Learn more about a challenging career as a paralegal. You can choose online classes or on-campus classes for this associate's degree in Paralegal Studies, so complete the Request More Information form now to learn more.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, published December 17, 2015. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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