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Online Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

Be an indispensable part of the legal system

Ether as a stepping stone to law school, or as a satisfying career in itself, the paralegal profession offers intellectual challenge, financial reward, and the opportunity to be part of the nation’s fascinating and dynamic justice system. The William Woods University online Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies can prepare you to enter the legal field through academic excellence and hands-on field experience, with the convenience and flexibility of online education.

As a part of William Woods online Bachelor's in Paralegal Studies, you will study:

  • Substantive and procedural law
  • American legal system
  • Delivery of legal services
  • Legal research and writing
  • Law-related computer skills
  • Legal interviewing and investigation

You’ll take part in a rigorous and challenging curriculum taught by experienced faculty committed to supporting you every step of the way. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate online with your peers, sharing what you have learned and honing techniques and skills that you will apply in the workplace after graduation. You will also gain hands-on experience in the field through the degree’s internship, practicum, or clinical program requirement.

William Woods is frequently ranked among the nation’s top online learning programs. We combine rigorous coursework with a student-centered, service-oriented educational environment, and our convenient, 8-week courses offer start-and-stop flexibility and affordable tuition. Our online paralegal studies program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

Your Paralegal degree at work

While 71% of paralegals work in law firms, you may also find employment in a corporate setting, governmental agency, organizational setting, or other entity. Paralegals perform a broad range of legal duties, helping to increase their value in the job market and find opportunities in many different industries.

Job opportunities include:

  • Documentation specialist in a bank
  • Risk management in health facilities
  • Paralegal in governmental agencies and departments
  • Paralegal in a law firm, prosecutor, and public defender
  • Paralegal in corporate law departments
  • Deputy court clerk
  • Administrative assistant at a state bar association
  • Legal administrator of a business

Requirements/Curriculum

The William Woods online BS in Paralegal degree consists of 42 semester hours in a 14-course sequence. Coursework focuses on the application of substantive and procedural law to legal fact patterns that professionals would encounter in the legal environment. The program strives to build a core of legal knowledge and critical thinking skills, as well as an understanding of professional ethics, communication, and interpersonal skills. These all serve to enhance your ability to function as an effective professional in the legal environment.

Courses

LGS110

American Legal System

3

LGS217

Electronic Legal Research

3

LGS306

Civil Practice

3

LGS309

Ethics and the Law Office

3

LGS315

Family Law

3

LGS324

Administrative and Federal Procedure

3

LGS331

Contracts and Torts

3

LGS420

Probate and Estate Planning

3

Requirements

Freshman applicants – for all undergraduate students

  • Completed application
  • High school transcript (or GED) with a 2.50 GPA and graduated in the top 50% of your class
  • Entrance Exam: ACT of 19 or Higher OR SAT of 900 or Higher

The Admissions Committee may review student qualifications and conditionally/provisionally accept students who do not met the minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT or SAT I composite score of 19 or 890, respectively.

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.