Legal Studies

Paralegal Studies

Associate of Applied Science Degree

This paralegal associate degree is offered for those students who wish to pursue a course of study emphasizing basic paralegal career education. There can be several different career paths for those who pursue paralegal studies and programs that result in an associate degree. Paralegals, sometimes called legal assistants, and law clerks may be employed in law firms; corporate legal departments; local, state, and federal government offices; bank and trust offices; and other offices requiring analytical and communication skills. Under the supervision of an attorney, a paralegal may interview clients and witnesses; draft court pleadings and other legal documents; perform legal research; research medical, police, and other records; attend hearings; assist in trial preparations; and assist at trial. A paralegal may not give legal advice, represent a client in court, or set fees. Credits earned in this associate degree option will apply toward a paralegal bachelor’s degree program. Students can normally complete this paralegal bachelor's degree program in six additional quarters. Any person convicted of a felony may not serve as a paralegal in the State of South Dakota without the approval of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

The paralegal associate degree program at our Sioux Falls and Rapid City campuses is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). With an ABA approved degree, you can be confident that you are ready to pursue a career in the legal profession. Likewise, employers can feel good about your ability to be effective in your professional legal role.

To learn more about program goals, learning outcomes and course descriptions of our online college classes, view our undergraduate catalog.

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