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Paralegal Studies

Approved by the American Bar Association (opens new window), the Paralegal Studies Program at Southwest offers a highly challenging curriculum designed for new, career-changing, and diverse students. Our program is designed to provide students with:

  • a focused, practical-skills based curriculum to prepare for a challenging career as a paralegal;
  • a convenient time frame for classes;
  • guidance to support their pursuit of the degree; and
  • a foundation to pursue further study of the law.

Program of Study

The Paralegal Studies program provides students the opportunity to learn substantive aspects of the law and to gain the practical skills necessary to be a successful paralegal. Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree [A.A.S.] in Paralegal Studies.

Program and Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Catalog Search to view descriptions of our courses or the Interactive Course Schedule (opens new window) to see when and where a class is being offered.

Limitation on Legal Specialty Courses Transferable to the Paralegal Studies Program

The maximum number of credit hours of legal specialty courses a student may transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies is nine (9) credit hours. The legal specialty credit hours to be transferred must have been earned from a fully accredited institution of higher learning and must be approved by the program coordinator or a qualified full-time faculty member of the Paralegal Studies program to ensure that the credit can be classified as legal specialty and is comparable to courses offered within the program. The Paralegal Studies program does not award legal specialty credit by examination or portfolio.

Paralegal Studies students are required to take at least ten (10) semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instructions.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.