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Hodges University Online to Earn an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies

written by: Willa•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 3/2/2010

Study for your Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies completely online at Hodges University Online as you prepare for a career as a legal assistant.

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    Paralegal Degree

    As you earn your associate degree in Paralegal Studies at Hodges University, the convenience of studying online allows you to continue working, preferably in the legal field. It would be to your benefit to obtain hands-on learning and training working as a file clerk in an attorney's office as you study. The courses you will be studying are; Introduction to Law, Civil Procedures, Torts, Contracts and Property, Legal Research, Writing and Accounting. In Liberal Arts, the courses are in Computer, English Composition, Math, Philosophy and electives.

    As you study at Hodges University, earn your online associate degree in Paralegal Studies conveniently using Blackboard, a platform for effective communication with instructors and other students. Lectures may be heard through Tegrity, another source of the school's communication system.

    Knowing that your instructor has a Master's Degree and experience in this field, along with effective communication, will provide a pleasant and successful learning experience.

    Upon completion, you will take the Certified Legal Assistant's exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. Hodges University also offers an opportunity to continue with your studies and transfer into their Paralegal B.S. degree online program.

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    Potential Job Market for the Paralegal

    Working as a legal assistant, you will research, prepare documents under the attorney's guidance, collect evidence and have contact with the client. The important role of the paralegal requires knowledge of the law in all aspects, as the course studies have presented. Paralegals are needed at the local, state and federal level in government offices. Besides private law firms, the management departments in large companies may require the paralegal's services. There is also an increased need in the areas of health care and issues with the elderly. Attorneys involved in the area of criminal or environmental law, require the assistance of the paralegal. The average earnings are $45,000 and these are but a few positions that may require the assistance of a paralegal in today's job market.

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    Accreditation

    Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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    Tuition and Financial Aid

    The cost to earn your associate degree in Paralegal Studies online at Hodges University is $450 per credit hour plus additional fees for books and supplies needed.

    Financial aid is available in loans, such as Stafford student loans, Pell grants and scholarships. The school's financial aid counselor will assist you with these applications.

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    Sources:

    www.bls.gov.oco

    http://www.hodges.edu