National American University's Associate of Applied Science Paralegal degree program offered through NAU's school in Georgetown, TX utilizes a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions, as well as a practicum following completion of required coursework, in order to prepare you for entry-level positions as a paralegal. A Paralegal is defined by the American Bar Association ("ABA") as an individual who is retained by a lawyer, law office, or corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." National American University offers degree programs in both the Associate of Applied Science and the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies. The Paralegal Studies degree provides students with the technical knowledge of a law office applications and the substantive legal knowledge to be a critical part of a legal team.
The Paralegal Associate of Applied Science program offered through the Georgetown, TX campus trains paralegals, sometimes called legal assistants, to be employed in law firms; corporate legal departments; local, state, and federal government offices; bank and trust departments; and other offices that require a specialized understanding of the law and the legal system. Paralegals may also be employed in other careers that require excellent analytical and communication skills.
- Legal Research and Legal Writing
- Professional Ethics & Law Office Procedure
- Law Office Technology
- Legal Writing
Students in some programs may be required to take online classes and attend classes at different locations.
Graduates of NAU’s paralegal studies programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) exam administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and receive the designation of "Certified Paralegal" or "CP". Graduates may also seek certification from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) through the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE™) exam.
A paralegal may not give legal advice, represent a client in court, or set fees. A paralegal is not an attorney. Some jurisdictions regulate the admission of individuals into the paralegal profession. A person convicted of a felony may not be able to serve as a paralegal in certain states. Please consult with your state’s judicial offices to determine the regulation of paralegals in your state.
" I chose NAU because I was excited to see an educational opportunity in my own backyard and I was thrilled that I do not have to travel far. I can still work, go to school, and stay in my neighborhood was a huge plus for me. I like the idea of distance learning, so that I can study at my own place and in my own time. I feel like the faculty at NAU really care about their students. " Harmon Kruzie (Georgetown student)
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