Paralegal Studies Online Bachelor’s Degree


National American University’s ABA-approved online Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s degree program prepares you to perform a variety of tasks under the supervision of an attorney in a law firm, corporate legal department, or government agency. Graduates of the program may also be employed in other careers that require excellent analytical and communication skills.

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Online Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s Program Overview

National American University’s online Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Science degree program will help you to develop an in-depth understanding of legal principles and practical skills to prepare you for career advancement or to pursue a graduate degree. Credits earned in NAU’s separate Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree program may be applied toward your Bachelor’s degree.

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing
  • Model professional behavior in accordance with ethical guidelines governing the conduct of attorneys and paralegals
  • Apply legal theories to relevant facts under the supervision of an attorney

Online Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s Degree Classes and Curriculum

The Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Science program consists of major core, support core, and general education core courses that total 180.5 quarter credits.

Paralegal Major Core

90 credits

Support Core

24.5 credits

General Education Core

66 credits

All classes are offered online, with three legal specialty courses (13.5 quarter credits) delivered synchronously through online video conferencing.

Prepare for a Paralegal Certification Exam

Although national certification is not a professional requirement to become a paralegal, as a graduate of NAU’s BS Paralegal Studies program, you will be eligible to voluntarily sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) exam administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and earn the designation of Certified Paralegal (CP). Graduates may also choose to seek certification from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) through the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE™) exam and become a CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP™).


Online Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s Degree Tuition and Fees

Learn more about our undergraduate tuition schedule.

Online Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s Degree Career Opportunities

Under the supervision of an attorney, a paralegal may perform various tasks normally performed by a lawyer as permitted by law and ethical standards. Paralegals may 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.

A paralegal may interview clients and witnesses; draft court pleadings and other legal documents; perform legal research; review medical, police and other records; attend hearings; assist in trial preparations; and assist at trial. However, a paralegal may not engage in activities considered to be the practice of law, including giving legal advice, representing a client in court, or setting legal fees.

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s Degree?

  • Career professionals: The Paralegal Studies degree provides a great opportunity to have a career in the legal field without attending law school. You gain the knowledge and skills required to assist attorneys in law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies.
  • Graduate students: You are a great fit for this program if you desire to pursue a graduate degree or wish to seek admission to law school.
  • Others: Graduates of the program may also be employed in other careers that require excellent analytical and communication skills.

Please Note: 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.

Course Listing (180.5 Credits)

PL1100/SO1100     Introduction to Legal Principles

PL1150     Legal Research I

PL1350     Legal Research II

PL2050     Torts

PL2100/SO2120     Domestic Relations

PL2150     Civil Procedure

PL2350     Criminal Procedure

PL2500/EN2500     Legal Writing

PL3000     Law Office Technology

PL3050     Real Property

PL3100     Prof. Ethics & Law Office Procedure






PL4600     CLA Review

PL4500-4590     Paralegal Internship

PL4500-4590     Paralegal Internship

PL4500-4590     Paralegal Internship

LA3100     Business Law I

ME1140     Medical Terminology for Health Professions

MT1050     Introduction to Business

MT2050     Principles of Management

LA6570DC     Human Resource Law or
MT3230/PL3230    Employment Law

MT6000DC or


EN1150     Composition I


SC Science Electives


HU2000     Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Electives

General Education

General Education Electives


EN1300     Composition II

EN2100     Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication

EN3050     Technical Communications


MA2000     Quantitative Reasoning

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success! OR
CS1203     Bridge to Success:  Creating Your Future at NAU!

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.