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Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies Delaware County Community College


Course info


Paralegal Studies is an associate degree program intended to train a generalist paralegal. Graduates from the associate degree program will have a strong foundation in the areas of legal research and writing, contracts, torts, criminal law, and property law. Associate degree program graduates are likely to find employment as paralegals under the direction of attorneys (to do otherwise would be practicing law without a license) in law firms, legal departments of large corporations, insurance companies, title companies, legal service companies and federal, state or local courts and governmental agencies.

Students who wish to pursue additional education in law or in other disciplines as part of their future plans should consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in Paralegal Studies, students should be able to:

  • Conduct legal research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, regulations and other legal literature to specific legal problems, and use critical thinking to analyze results of such research.
  • Draft memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents applicable to the field of law being studied.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the paralegal’s role in (i) trial preparation, (ii) trial proceedings, and (iii) settlement negotiations.
  • Investigate and develop the facts of a case, maintain relevant case files, and maintain and organize relevant case file documents, such as correspondence, pleadings, reports and briefs.
  • Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise for the Paralegal Professional.
  • Apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies.

Full Time (61 - 63 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$11,816.00 (8,93,496) per year

USD $5,908 per semester


14 Jan


Division of Business, Computing and Social Science

Academic Building, Room 3306,



19063, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have high school/secondary school diploma/certificate of graduation. English proficiency: TOEFL iBT score of 80+, TOEFL PBT score of 550+, or IELTS score of 6.5+

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