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Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science

A paralegal school in the Kansas City metro area - Independence

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies The Associate of Applied Science Paralegal degree program offered through NAU's school in Kansas City (Independence) will help you build a strong foundation of training and skills needed to succeed in the workplace. 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 offered at NAU's Independence, MO location 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 program is approved by the ABA at the Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro (Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Minnetonka, and Roseville).

To learn more about program goals, learning outcomes, and course descriptions, view the . For more information call (866) 628-1288 or visit the Independence campus page.

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Associated Careers

*Source: National Center for O*NET Development. O*NET OnLine. www.onetonline.org

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
  • Legal Support Workers, All Other

Key Courses

  • 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.

Certification/Exam Preparation

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.

Program Disclaimers

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.

 
"Being able to work with different departments and see how you all come together to make each and every one of us successful is one of the reasons that brings me back to work every day. The supporting and caring environment is not only provided for students but also for faculty and staff!"
Latisha Kieso – Financial Aid Advisor (staff)

About Independence

National American University’s Independence campus is conveniently located on the busy east side of the Kansas City Metro area. The Independence campus has been serving students in the western Missouri area since 1990, and has long been considered one of NAU’s flagship campus locations. It is one of four NAU campuses in the Kansas City metro area. In addition to its strong business and information technology curriculum, the Independence campus offers excellent degree programs in occupational therapy assistant, medical assisting, healthcare coding, paralegal studies, and healthcare management. The Independence campus is easily accessible from Interstate 70 and Highway 291 just north of the Independence Center. The area is a restaurant and shopping destination due to its proximity to downtown and all suburban areas.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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