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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 legal professions offer intellectual challenge and financial reward. The William Woods University online Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies has been a leader in the field for more than 40 years.  We'll prepare you for a wide range of roles and a variety of industries, through academic excellence and hands-on 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 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.  Our alumni hold successful positions in government, in law firms, in the energy, finance, health care and gaming industries, and throughout the corporate world.

Job opportunities include:

  • Documentation specialist or compliance officer in a bank, credit union or savings and loan
  • Risk management and compliance in health care
  • Paralegal in governmental agencies and departments
  • Paralegal for a law firm, prosecutor, or public defender
  • Paralegal in corporate law departments
  • Deputy court clerk
  • Investigator for accreditation associations
  • Legal administrator of a business


The William Woods online B.S. in Paralegal Studies 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 you may take



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 undergraduate programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and other states.

Admissions Information

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

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