The Paralegal Institute offers an opportunity for you to add a competitive edge to your pursuit of a position in the Paralegal field by offering an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program. We also offer Paralegal Continuing Education programs that can help you keep that competitive edge as you pursue advanced career opportunities.
The Paralegal Institute offers an additional opportunity for you to add a competitive edge to your pursuit of the best available position in the Paralegal field by offering paralegal programs like the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies.
Students must successfully complete the same courses outlined in the Paralegal Diploma program, as well as the five specialty courses of 15 credit hours. To complete the requirements for the ADPS, students are required to take 5 general education courses (or transfer credits showing completion and competence in these courses passing with a C or better). The ADPS is composed of 60 semester hours and 2,700 clock hours, which include the general education courses of 15 semester hours.
We offer open enrollment within our Paralegal programs, thus you may register at any time. Completion of the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program depends solely on the study schedule you set for yourself. We recommend that you maintain a consistent submission of lessons.The Paralegal Institute gives you up to 2 years to complete the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program.
Once you, as the student, successfully complete the first 10 courses outlined below, you will be eligible to sit for the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA) Certification Exam.
- Paralegal Today
- Legal Research
- Legal Analysis and Writing
- Litigation and Trial Practice
- Administrative Law
- Business Organizations
- Real property
- Criminal law
- Torts: Personal Injury Litigation
Choose 5 courses in your area of interest.
- Domestic Relations
- Trusts, Wills and Estate Administration
- Immigration Law
- Environmental Law
- Intellectual Property
- Social Security Disability
General Education Courses
- Interpersonal Communications
- Business Management
- Mathematics Essentials
Paralegal Associates Degree Program Total Credits: 60
What courses are in the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program?
The following courses are included in the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. The Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program has a total of 60 credit hours. Each course must be completed in 8 weeks.
Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies Core Courses
|Course ID||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|LGS100||Paralegal Today||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is the core of the paralegal program. Students will learn the past, present, and future of the paralegal profession, including the paralegal defined, educational options, techniques for marketing skills and career opportunities. Instruction on ethics and professional responsibility, the organizational structure of the legal workplace and office culture and politics will prepare students for the challenges of today’s paralegal. Students receive a formal introduction to law by examining sources of American law, the court system and alternative dispute resolution, substantive law in its various forms, as well as administrative law and government regulation. Legal procedures and advanced skills involving civil litigation and trial procedures, criminal law, conducting interviews and investigations, using primary and secondary sources to legal research, the emerging technology of computer-assisted legal research, in addition to legal analysis and writing, provide valuable insight and a solid foundation for the future legal assistant.|
|LGS108||Legal Research||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of legal research. The student will learn research tools and techniques necessary to find actual laws as well as how to use various secondary materials, which assist in the research process. Some of the topics covered are case reporters, digests, codes, annotated codes, annotated reporters, citators, loose-leaf services, legal encyclopedias, treatises and computerized research services. As part of the course, students enrolled in Legal Research receive a subscription to Westlaw online legal library. Students have the opportunity to take a series of tutorials to learn effective online research skills. Upon successful completion, students receive a Paralegal Training Certificate from Thomson-West.|
|LGS208||Legal Analysis and Writing||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is a requisite for the capable legal assistant and the ability to prepare professional legal documents. This comprehensive course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal analysis and writing. Students will first examine an overview of
the legal system, including analytic principles and the legal process. They will learn the specifics of legal analysis, including statutory analysis, case law and briefing, identifying and stating the issue, case application and counter analysis. Emphasis on application of these key principles in legal writing will allow students to prepare interoffice memorandums, court briefs and general legal correspondence. Students enrolled in Legal Analysis and Writing receive a subscription to Westlaw online legal library. Students have the opportunity to take a series of tutorials to learn effective online research skills. Upon successful completion, students receive a Paralegal Training Certificate from Thomson-West.
|LGS110||Litigation and Trial Practice||3 Credit Hours|
|This course provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for legal experts and paralegals. It provides detailed information on the litigation process from the pre-suit investigation to the appeal. Special emphasis is made on the role of the lawyer and those responsibilities that may be delegated to the legal assistant or legal expert. Attention is given to litigation principles, lawyer and client relationship and ethics, gathering evidence, deposition, preparation for a civil trial, structure of a civil trial, judgments, and appeals.|
|LGS200||Administrative Law||3 Credit Hours|
|This course explores the continuing growth of administrative law and regulations, which makes this course fundamental and essential to most law practices. The course covers the delegation of authority to agencies, legislation oversight, judicial review, disclosure of information, the administrative process, procedural due process, formal adjudication, rules and rulemaking, obtaining judicial review and more.|
|LGS206||Business Organizations||3 Credit Hours|
|This course prepares paralegal students for the practical aspects of the law of business organizations. It covers all issues that are typically encountered in working with business clients. Topics include the types of business organizations, formation of a corporation, corporate financial structure, employment and compensation, operating and maintaining business entities.|
|LGS103||Criminal Law||3 Credit Hours|
|This course explores the general principles of criminal liability, the defenses to criminal liability, and the elements of crimes against persons, property, and society, while it encourages critical thinking about these topics. Special emphasis is given to both the law and the procedural aspects of criminal justice.|
|LGS204||Real Property||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is directed toward the training and practice of legal assistants in the area of modern real estate transactions. Topics covered are property ownership, surveys and legal descriptions of real property, easements, contract forms and standard provisions found in real estate contracts, deeds, real estate finance, real estate lending, mortgages and foreclosures, title examinations and title insurance, real estate closings, condominiums, cooperatives and time-shares, and residential and commercial leases.|
|LGS301||Torts: Personal Injury Litigation||3 Credit Hours|
|This course explores civil wrongs, and your studies will illustrate and explain the different types of tort recoveries that are allowed by law. Students learn the elements required to prove each tort, and defenses that may be posed, and a step-by-step strategy for the preparation and settlement for each type of action. Topics include tort theory based upon negligence, products liability, libel, slander, and malpractice.|
|LGS107||Contracts||3 Credit Hours|
|This course provides paralegal students with a well-organized, functional approach to the law of contracts. Paralegal students learn an approach for analyzing contract problems that they will need for their professional assignments. Topics include the type of law to apply to contract transactions, when a contract is formed, when it is enforceable, a plaintiff’s allegation of breach, a defendant’s response to an allegation of breach, and the remedies available for a breach of contract.|
Associate Degree in Paralegal Specialty Courses
|Course ID||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|LGS102||Domestic Relations||3 Credit Hours|
|This course prepares paralegal students for the area of family law. Students are introduced to the legal principles and processes involved in the law of marriage, divorce, separation, support, custody and visitation, annulment and adoption, and tax consequences of separation and divorce. Students learn to draft common agreements, pleadings, and other documents applicable to these topics.|
|LGS207||Bankruptcy Law||3 Credit Hours|
|This course gives a brief history of bankruptcy law, research aids, alternatives to bankruptcy, a discussion of the role of the various parties involved in the bankruptcy process, and an overview concerning eligibility and the selection of the appropriate bankruptcy chapter under which a bankruptcy should be filed. Emphasis is placed on the paralegal’s role in the fact gathering process and the interface with clients.|
|LGS106||Trusts, Wills and Estate Administration||3 Credit Hours|
|This course focuses on the basics of property law and its application to the main theme of wills, trusts, and estate administration. The laws that govern construction and administration of wills and trusts are covered in detail along with the roles of various participants in the process. Students will learn to develop an estate plan to dispose of assets and diminish or eliminate estate taxes through the effective use of wills and trusts. Ethics is addressed to prepare the paralegal student for the necessity to adhere to a prescribed set of rules and guidelines that will apply to their work.|
|LGS205||Social Security Disability||3 Credit Hours|
|This course provides insight to the disability appeals process and complex administrative procedures that ultimately appear before a federal administrative law judge. Students will learn to understand and apply key legal issues in the successful representation of clients before the Social Security Administration generally, and the Office of Hearing and Appeals specifically.|
|LGS202||Environmental Law||3 Credit Hours|
|This course provides an overview of the role other areas of law play in the development and implementation of environmental policies. Students will receive an introduction to law and the legal system, including court structure and civil procedure, the history of environmental law to the ethics and issues underlying policy making today. They will learn principles of American property law and examine common law theories and remedies for environmental harms and liabilities, as well as land use and regulation and constitutional issues in environmental regulation.|
|LGS201||Immigration Law||3 Credit Hours|
|This course covers the law of immigration and the changes that have taken place in immigration law since September 11, 2001. It walks the student through the entire background, process, and tools essential for a legal professional’s mastery of immigration law.|
|LGS203||Intellectual Property||3 Credit Hours|
|This course covers four fields of intellectual property law: trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. It covers topics such as the duration of rights, protection from infringement, and new and international developments in each field.|
Associate Degree in Paralegal General Education Courses
|Course ID||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|ENG201||English||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to write clearly. Emphasis is on effective writing and revising techniques, including purpose, organization, and mechanics. Various modes and strategies of descriptive, narrative, and illustrative essays are covered. The culminating assignment is a research paper.|
|COM110||Communication and Speech||3 Credit Hours|
|This course teaches the basics of communication principles and concepts. Topics include foundations of communication, interpersonal communications and problem solving, communicating in groups and in public, and developing and delivering persuasive and informative speeches.|
|BUS202||Principles of Management||3 Credit Hours|
|This course involves the study of management theory and applications related to the manager’s role in a global business environment. The topics include strategic planning, organizational structure and design, ethics and social responsibility, motivating employee performance,
decision-making, and the nature of leadership. Prerequisite: BUS201.
|MTH101||Principles of Mathematics||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation in fundamental mathematical concepts and an overview of mathematical principles including the nature of the numeration system, whole numbers, algebra, geometry, money, logic, chance, graphs and probability.
After completing the course, the student should be able to use fundamental critical thinking skills, which will be enhanced through the use of basic mathematical problems that will range from algebraic equations and order of operations to complex fractions.
|PSY201||Psychology||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is an introduction to the theories and methodological approaches to psychology. Topics include psychological bases of behavior, learning, memory, social behavior, personality, motivation, emotion, human development and abnormal behavior.|
Tuition & Fees
The total price for the The Paralegal Institute Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies program is $10,950.
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The programs at The Paralegal Institute@Brighton College are approved for Veterans benefits. The Paralegal Institute@Brighton College also works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.
|Change of Program||$50|
|Returned Check / Declined Credit Card||$25|
Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton College will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. We recommend purchasing textbooks one course at a time since updated versions are released periodically. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $1,177 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.
All associate degree students are required to take two proctored exams through an online proctoring service, ProctorU, as required in specific courses. Proctored exams are open-book and only course material, course resources, and personal notes may be used. Students may not use Google or any other online search options to locate answers during proctored exams. A webcam is required to complete proctored tests. For students who do not have access to a webcam, they may check with the local library, community centers, and recreational centers for availability. Active duty and deployed service members may request proctoring through a military education officer or test control officer. If necessary, a proctored exam may be done in person with a non-affiliated individual such as an administrator, librarian, counselor, or human resource personnel. In-person proctored exams require approval from the Student Services Manager prior to taking the exam.