Paralegals play a crucial role in the practice of the legal profession. While lawyers are ultimately responsible for legal work, paralegals provide many key tasks in the preparation of cases and documents.
American National University’s (ANU) Paralegal associate’s degree program¹ can provide you with the fundamental knowledge of legal terminology, procedural law, drafting of legal documents, and the research skills necessary for career success.
The paralegal associate’s degree program at American National University is approved by the ABA (American Bar Association), an important credential for most legal employers.
Your Learning Experience
American National University’s Paralegal studies program combines academic rigor with legal, technical and leadership skills development to develop well-rounded paralegal professionals. Our graduates are prepared to pursue careers as legal assistants and paralegals to perform tasks in legal, corporate, non-profit or government organizations.
- Learn from a curriculum designed with input from working professionals in the legal industry.
- Your learning experience will focus on relevant law classes, such as real estate law, bankruptcy law, immigration law and tort law.
- You will develop an understanding on how to use industry-standard online research tools.
- Your training will be focused with an emphasis in learning legal terminology, drafting legal documents and conducting legal research.
- You will gain an understanding of how to navigate the court systems.
In additional to a comprehensive paralegal education, you will gain career skills needed to succeed in a highly competitive legal marketplace through a 120-hour externship at a local business or organization.
Your coursework and instructors will prepare you to take the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Examination (CLA/CP Exam) upon graduation to further improve your professional credentials.
American National University promotes a progressive learning format, so as you earn your associate’s degree you can immediately use your training to advance as you continue your education in high-demand fields at the bachelor’s degree level – areas such as Business Administration–Accounting or Management or Health Care Management.