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.
Students in some programs may be required to…
- Attend classes at different locations
- Take online classes
- For more information call (866) 628-6387 or visit the Minnetonka - Education Center campus page for complete contact details.
- Legal Research and Writing
- Professional Ethics & Law Office Procedure
- Law Office Technology
- Legal Writing
Paralegals can seek certification from National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Students from NAU are qualified to sit for the CLA exam and can receive the designation of "Certified Paralegal" or "CP" after successfully passing the exam. Paralegals can also seek certification from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) through their PCCE exam. Graduates from NAU with two years of experience in the legal field are qualified to sit for the PCCE exam and can receive the designation of "Registered Paralegal" or "RP".
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.