What is Paralegal?
The Paralegal curriculum prepares you for entry-level employment as a paralegal in courts, corporations, law firms, and government agencies. The curriculum is based on standards developed from the National Association of Legal Assistants Descriptions of Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam Sections. Industry standards are based on the National Association of Legal Assistants Descriptions of Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam Sections.
What are my career choices?
Successful completion of the Paralegal program provides you the opportunity for employment as a paralegal in private law firms, courts, trust departments of banks, corporations, and government agencies. Salaries vary nationwide; according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2010 median annual wage for paralegals nationally is $46,700 and the mean wage is $49,640. The BLS projects a much faster than average growth rate for the paralegal field nationally, with an 18% growth rate through 2020. The average annual openings are expected to be 8,340 annually nationwide.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
|Paralegal - AAS: 64-67 Total credit hours||Academic Plan|
|Civil Litigation - Certificate: 15 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Family Law - Certificate: 12 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Paralegal - Certificate: 30 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
Students who wish to continue their education beyond the associate in applied science degree should consult the college / university of their choice to determine transfer options. Various options exist in Kentucky to pursue the bachelor's degree.
Length of Program
Most students may complete an AAS program in two years, provided students enroll in the recommended number of credit hours per semester. General education classes, with the exception of course prerequisites, may be taken along with curriculum classes.