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Online Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

Be an indispensable resource in the fields of law

Either 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 can prepare you to enter the legal field through academic excellence, with the convenience and flexibility of online education.

At William Woods online, 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 as a paralegal through the program's virtual law office practicum 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 paralegal studies program is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

Your paralegal studies 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
  • Investigator for accreditation association
  • Legal administrator of a business


In addition to the four-year BS in Paralegal degree, William Woods University offers an online paralegal degree-completion program. It consists of 42 semester hours through 14 courses. Professionals who have an Associate degree or 25 transferable credit-hours can select this academic track, seamlessly transfer previous earned credits, and start an accelerated path toward a paralegal career.

Courses you may take

PRL 302

Law and Paralegalism


PRL 304

Electronic Legal Research


PRL 306

Civil Practice


PRL 309

Ethics and the Law Office


PRL 311

Evidence and Fact Gathering


PRL 315

Family Law


PRL 318

Criminal Practice


PRL 321

Administrative & Federal Procedure


PRL 420

Probate and Estate Planning


PRL 430



PRL 440

Constitutional Issues


PRL 450

Torts Law


PRL 475

Practicum and Capstone




  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from every high school or college attended (GED) – unless you have an AA degree (not AAS)
  • 25 hours of transferable credits required

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online undergraduate 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.

Admissions Information

Learn more about online admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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