The paralegal profession is hot right now. Ashworth College knows a thing or two about online paralegal career training–more than 19,000 students have graduated with a Paralegal Studies Career Diploma, a Paralegal Studies Undergraduate Certificate, or an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from our online programs.
Paralegals and legal assistants support lawyers with a host of important activities. While paralegals are paid well and in high-demand, the best ones love research, can handle working in a fast-paced environment, and groove on staying organized.
If you’ve done some research and determined that online paralegal training is right for you, here’s a quick rundown on three premier educational tracks at Ashworth College and what to expect.
- Paralegal Studies Career DiplomaThe online Paralegal Studies Career Diploma introduces you to the legal system, litigation process, tort law, contracts, legal research, wills, and ethics. You’ll graduate with an understanding of criminal, civil, contract, corporate, property, and family law, as well the structure of the federal and state court systems.You’ll also learn the skills needed to support a lawyer with research, drafting documents, and preparing for court. And you learn techniques that paralegals use to obtain employment, training, and continuing legal education.
- Paralegal Studies Undergraduate CertificateThe online Paralegal Certificate Program curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation in the paralegal field. Students customize the coursework that fits their goals. Each student finishes the program with practical, job-relevant skills that help them stand out in a competitive job market. Graduates can also apply the credits toward further legal education.
- Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal StudiesThis online Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program curriculum was carefully developed with the input of legal professionals to ensure every class is relevant to your future career. You’ll exit with a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in paralegal studies. You’ll take classes in disciplines such as legal research and writing, tort law, and law office management.
Ashworth College Noted on Two Top Education-Based Websites
It was an honor when the Ashworth College Paralegal Studies programs were recently highlighted on two education-based websites–U.S. News Education, an online division of U.S. News & World Report which provides articles and rankings of colleges and universities, and ParalegalEDU.org, an independent guide for legal support students and professionals.
In “6 Ways to Study Law Online” by U.S. News, education editor Jordan Friedman placed paralegal certificates online as the number three way to “study law online” and noted that the Ashworth College paralegal certificate programs are similar to those of Duke University.
How much money can I expect to make as a paralegal?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2017 the average annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants is $50,410.
ParalegalEDU.org included Ashworth College Paralegal Studies among programs from 57 other post-secondary institutions in 25 states. The site editors created the list of “Top Entry-Level, Pre-Degree Paralegal Certificate Programs” after reviewing more than 250 regionally- and nationally- accredited community colleges, career and technical training institutes, state schools, private universities, and proprietary schools that offer basic, pre-degree certificates in paralegal studies and related fields. The schools were selected based on each program’s opportunities for experiential learning, student services, reputation, alignment with job skills needed in the current marketplace, and accommodations for online or hybrid study options.
Ashworth College goes the extra mile to ensure you get ahead of the game with a host of exclusive Career Tools. If you have questions or need more information, please call us at 1-800-957-5412 today to chat with an admissions officer.