Associate Of Science Degree Online?
Q: I am contemplating getting a degree in paralegal studies through a
correspondence course or something similar.
Can someone recommend a good, legitimate, and relatively lost cost
correspondence or distance learning school, and their website, that
offers either an associates or bachelors degree in paralegal studies?
A:I am the Division Chair for a community college in Kansas that has recently put their Paralegal degree online. We have had great success with our online Criminal Justice degree (which is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association -- the regional accrediting agency for this area), and expect the same for our Paralegal program. Here are a few facts about our degree program. 1. You can earn either (or both) a Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree. NOTE: The certificate is a thirty (30) hour program and Associate is a traditional sixty-two (62) hour program. Most students start with the certificate (this helps get them the first job) and then complete the Associates degree as they go. 2. We are FULLY accredited by the State of Kansas, the North Central Association, and most recently have joined the American Association of Paralegals and the Kansas Association of Paralegals. 3. Our tuition is VERY reasonable. Because we are a state sponsored school we have a two-tier tuition system (set by the state legislature). In state students pay $53.50 per credit hour while out of state students pay just over $90 per credit hour. Compare that to many private schools that charge as much as $250 per credit hour. We also compare very favorably with most state schools as well. 4. ALL law classes are taught by lawyers! We do NOT use anyone with less than the Juris Doctor degree, and all of our lawyers currently PRACTICE LAW!! 5. Our classes transfer to most regionally accredited schools across the nation. NOTE: because paralegal is considered a "non-traditional" degree you will find that many universities do not have a bachelor or above level degree in that subject. Those that do, though, will generally accept our classes for credit. If you would like more information please visit our school website. I'll be updating the information on the Paralegal program this weekend, so look for the changes.
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