Legal Studies Degree & Online Programs

As law firms and other legal services are trying to cut costs, employment opportunities for paralegals and legal assistants are increasing and their responsibilities are growing. Legal and paralegal assistants are now expected to provide basic legal services to clients, along with their usual duties. Typically, a legal aide gathers research information for lawyers and contributes in the preparation of legal documents and judicial cases; sometimes, paralegals and legal assistants can also provide low-priced legal services to clients that cannot afford lawyer advice. Legal and paralegal services entail a lot of client interaction and in order to become a legal or paralegal aide you will need to show strong interpersonal and communications skills, as well as, some computer and research experience.

Legal and Paralegal Studies
In order to advance in a Legal Services career, most employers strongly encourage their assistants to earn at least an Associate's degree in Legal, Paralegal Studies or a related field. If you already have a bachelor's degree you can fulfill this requirement by completing an online degree, in order to have a certification. If you are particularly interested in a police-related field, consider an associate's degree in Criminal Justice or a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

Professional legal and paralegal assistants earn about $46,120. However, depending on education, training, experience and type of employer, the wages of paralegals and legal aides can vary significantly, from $29,260 up to $73,450 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008 data).

Schools Offering Campus & Online Legal Studies Degree Programs

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  • 24/7 myCampusLink system lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
  • Their mission is to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Designated a 2014 MIlitary Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more.  
  • 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
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  • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
  • Campus accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). 
  • Tuition covers course required materials for campus students, including books, lab equipment, and class supplies.
  • Offers flat tuition rate to continuously enrolled students who are on track toward program completion.
  • 18 campuses across the United States, with online options as well.
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  • Offers classes online, as well as at 14 campuses across California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia.
  • Curriculum is developed with input from employers, subject matter experts.
  • Has provided a hands-on, career-focused education since 1953.
  • Small class sizes promote one-on-one, student-teacher interaction.
  • No-cost tutoring available in every subject to every enrolled student.
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  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
  • Offers a high school diploma program through distance learning materials.
  • Specializes in distance learning courses to award diplomas.
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Ranked #12 in National University and #21 Best Value School categories in 2014 by U.S. News and World Reports
  • Uses Blackboard, an online course management system that helps students stay organized and focused on their studies.
  • Notable alumni include Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel; retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; comedian Stephen Colbert; and Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley.
  • Faculty includes a Nobel Prize laureate, Tony Award Winners, MacArthur Fellowship winners and more.
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Eagle Gate College , Online (campus option available)
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Part of the Eagle Gate College Group, alongside Provo College.
  • Teamed with Solutions at ECMC to help students manage educational loans and offer resources free of charge.
  • Campuses located in Salt Lake City, Layton, and Murray, Utah.
  • Alumni are offered free refresher courses for any class they took in their original program of study.
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