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Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science

A paralegal school in Sioux Falls

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal StudiesA paralegal is defined by the American Bar Association (ABA) as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, 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 programs offered at the Rapid City and Sioux Falls campuses are separately approved by the American Bar Association. The program offered in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, including the Bloomington campus, Brooklyn Center campus, Burnsville campus, and Roseville campus, is separately approved by the ABA.

To learn more about program goals, learning outcomes, and course descriptions, view the undergraduate catalog. For more information call (800) 388-5430 or visit the Sioux Falls campus page.

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The Paralegal Associate of Applied Science program offered through the Sioux Falls 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.

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

To read disclosure information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information, select the type of student that best describes you.


About Sioux Falls

National American University’s Sioux Falls campus is conveniently located in the southwest part of the Sioux Falls area. The Sioux Falls campus has been serving students in eastern South Dakota since 1974. In addition to its strong business and information technology curriculum, the Sioux Falls campus offers excellent degree programs in paralegal studies and allied health. Located at the intersection of Interstates 90 and 29, the Sioux Falls campus is easily accessible from just about anywhere through nearby major traffic arteries and the city’s bus service.

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