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Major Announcement

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals recently announced a significant change in its criteria. As of January 1, 2020, the requirement that four (4) courses in an ABA-approved program previously required to be conducted physically at the institution or in an affiliated organization may now be conducted via videoconferencing or other synchronous interactive video systems. This now makes it possible for students to complete the entire ABA-approved paralegal program via distance education!

DEAC Accredited Paralegal Associate’s Degree Program

Online ABA-Approved Paralegal Associate’s Degree Program

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American National University’s (ANU) paralegal associate’s degree program can provide you with the fundamental knowledge of legal terminology, procedural law, drafting of legal documents, and the research skills necessary for career success. We offer one of the first DEAC Accredited, online paralegal program that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)! Students are required to take 16 quarter hours of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

Paralegals play a crucial role in the practice of the legal profession. While attorneys are ultimately responsible for legal work, paralegals complete many key tasks in the preparation of cases and documents. Please remember that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law

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Your Learning Experience

American National University’s Paralegal studies curriculum was designed with input from working professionals in the legal industry, focusing on relevant legal subjects such as real estate, bankruptcy, immigration, and tort law. You will also develop an understanding of how to use industry-standard legal research tools, as well as skills in understanding legal terminology and drafting legal documents.

In addition to a comprehensive paralegal education, you will gain career skills needed to succeed in a highly competitive legal marketplace through an optional 120-hour externship at a local business or organization.

Graduation from the program qualifies you to sit for the national paralegal certification exam upon graduation to further improve your professional credentials.

Also available, Paralegal Studies Certificate.

Paralegal Associate’s Degree Program Goals and Objectives

The Paralegal Associate of Science degree program is designed to provide graduates with a broad based understanding of the core areas of law and the court system, including terminology used in the legal system and how to understand legal documents, contracts, and other legal material. Graduates are prepared to draft routine pleadings and other legal documents, interview clients, conduct independent research of non–legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda. The coursework and instructors will prepare graduates to take the national paralegal certification exam.

Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the education and training required of a paralegal, and recognize the guidelines and ethical responsibilities of the profession and the importance of legal research and writing.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history, origin and structure of the American legal system, identify and use major tools, software, and sources of American law.
  3. Explain the difference between criminal and civil law and interpret various categories of civil law, such as torts, contract law, corporate law, property law, family law, and wills and estates.
  4. Draft basic legal documents such as complaints, answers, and contracts, interview clients, conduct independent research of non&nhash;legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda.

Earn Your Online Paralegal Associate’s Degree

The paralegal associate’s degree program is available online through ANU’s eUniversity. With our distance learning program, we bring the university to you. You can take all the required classes online with videoconferencing or other interactive video systems.

ANU offers an ABA—approved online paralegal associate’s degree program.


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Why American National University?

¹Refresher training is tuition-free for qualified students. Additional costs such as lab fees, books and supplies are the responsibilities of the student. Retraining is limited to the program from which the student graduated and is subject to space available.


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