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Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies


The Southwest Paralegal Studies Program approved by the American Bar Association

This program offers a highly challenging curriculum designed for new and career-changing students. Paralegal Studies prepares you to become an essential part of a legal team.

The Southwest Paralegal Studies Program is designed to provide students with:

  • A focused, practical-skills based curriculum to prepare for a challenging career as a paralegal;
  • A convenient time frame for classes;
  • Guidance to support your pursuit of the degree; and
  • A foundation to pursue further study of the law.

Program of Study

Paralegal Studies gives you the chance to learn important aspects of the law and to gain the practical skills needed to be a successful paralegal. Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Paralegal Studies.

Program and Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Catalog Search to view descriptions of our courses or the Interactive Course Schedule to see when and where a class is being offered.

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Paralegal Studies, A.A.S.

Limitation on Legal Specialty Courses Transferable to the Paralegal Studies Program

The maximum number of legal specialty course credit hours a student may transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies is nine-credit hours. 

If you want to transfer legal specialty credit hours, they must have been earned from a fully accredited institution of higher learning. Also, the Paralegal Studies program coordinator or a qualified full-time faculty member must approve the hours to ensure the credit can be classified as legal specialty and is comparable to courses offered within the program. 

The Paralegal Studies program does not award legal specialty credit by examination or portfolio.

Paralegal Studies students are required to take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

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