Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Assoc. of Applied Science

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Paralegals, or legal assistants, typically work in law offices providing support to lawyers with legal research and writing and office management. An associate degree in this area prepares students to enter the workforce directly.

The Paralegal/Legal Assistant Associate of Applied Science degree helps students qualify as legal assistants aiding lawyers with procedural activities in the practice of law. These activities include research, alternative dispute resolution, interviewing witnesses and drafting motions, interrogatories and pleadings. Legal assistants may work in government agencies, in corporations that have in-house attorneys and in private law firms or they may prefer to freelance. The paralegal profession is one of the fastest growing occupations in Maryland and the demand for legal assistants in the Washington Metropolitan Area is high. The Paralegal/Legal Assistant A.A.S. is a career degree that enables a student to directly enter the workforce. However, the credits earned do transfer to a number of four-year institutions, including Excelsior College and the University of Maryland University College. The certificate is well-suited for individuals who want to upgrade their skills or get a promotion and credits earned may be applied toward the A.A.S. degree.


Learning Foundations Overall Requirements
General Education - Social Sciences
General Education - Information Technology
Elective Credits
  • Take one additional course for 2 or more credits in order to reach the 60-credit minimum requirement for this degree.
18 Credits At the 2000 Level
  • You must take at least 18 credits of 2000-level courses in order to graduate in this program. Courses listed below count toward that requirement.



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