Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal

Gain the skills and know-how you’ll need to enter the paralegal field with this online degree program. With over 40 start dates, you can start earning your Paralegal Associate degree as soon as next week!

Degree Stats

Associate in Applied Science (64 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250

Career Choices

This paralegal degree program is specifically designed to give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to prepare you to work in a professional legal setting.

Classes You’ll Take

This program will give you the training and background you’ll need take that next step towards becoming a part of the legal field. You’ll learn the ins and outs of legal writing, research, ethics, tort law, business law, legal regulations, case management, software applications, and the foundations and structure of the American legal system. And with Rio’s flexible scheduling system, you can earn your degree at your own pace.

Paralegal students also have the opportunity to earn extra credentials, thanks to our partnership with WestlawNext (a robust database used in the legal industry). There is no extra cost for these credentials.

  • What Will I Learn?
    • Use of various software applications. (BPC110, CIS105)
    • Review written material to determine author’s tone, purpose, audience, and viewpoint. (CRE101, ENG101, ENG107)
    • Differentiate between rhetorical contexts. (ENG101, ENG107)
    • Role, responsibilities, and ethical standards of the paralegal. (PAR102, PAR104, PAR222, PAR224)
    • Paralegal ethical issues. (PAR102, PAR104, PAR224)
    • Organization and responsibilities of the various court systems. (PAR102, PAR106, PAR112)
    • Regulation of the paralegal industry. (PAR104)
    • Elements of types of torts, negligence, and defenses. (PAR104, PAR106, PAR208)
    • Responsibilities of the paralegal in the civil litigation process. (PAR106, PAR112, PAR114)
    • Identify sources of federal and state law. (PAR106, PAR112, PAR222)
    • Paralegal responsibilities in the evidentiary phase of trial, post-trial, and appeals. (PAR106, PAR114, PAR224)
    • Elements of contracts. (PAR106, PAR206)
    • Legal principles of tort, contract, and criminal law. (PAR106, PAR206, PAR208, PAR222)
    • Responsibilities of the paralegal in tort law. (PAR106, PAR208)
    • Role of the paralegal in the research process. (PAR106, PAR222, PAR224)
    • Case management procedures. (PAR112, PAR114)
       
  • Full-Time Schedule

    Earn your degree in five semesters by going full-time.

    SEMESTER 1 (15 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    COM110 (3): Interpersonal Communication

    PAR102 (3): Foundations of the Paralegal Profession

    PAR104 (3): Ethics for the Paralegal


    SEMESTER 2 (12 CREDITS)

    PAR106 (3): Legal Foundations for Paralegals

    PAR112 (3): Paralegal Fundamentals of Litigation

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

    ENG102* (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 3 (12 CREDITS)

    PAR114* (3): Paralegal Litigation

    PAR206* (3): Business Law

    PAR208* (3): Introduction to Tort Law

    PAR220* (3): Paralegal Writing


    SEMESTER 4 (13 CREDITS)

    PAR222* (3): Paralegal Research

    PAR224* (3): Law Office Technology for the Paralegal

    BIO100 (4): Biology Concepts

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics


    SEMESTER 5 (12-16 CREDITS)

    AJS123 (3): Ethics and the Administration of Justice

    AJS200 (3): Current Issues in Criminal Justice

    PAR230 (Restricted Elective)(3): Family Law for the Paralegal

    PAR239 (Restricted Elective)(3): Legal Investigation

    PAR240 (Restricted Elective)(3): Introduction to E-discovery for the Paralegal

    *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites

  • Part-Time Schedule

    Get your degree on a part-time schedule with nine semesters of study.

    SEMESTER 1 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    COM110 (3): Interpersonal Communication


    SEMESTER 2 (6 CREDITS)

    PAR102 (3): Foundations of the Paralegal Profession

    PAR104 (3): Ethics for the Paralegal


    SEMESTER 3 (9 CREDITS)

    PAR106 (3): Legal Foundations for Paralegals

    PAR112 (3): Paralegal Fundamentals of Litigation

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking


    SEMESTER 4 (6 CREDITS)

    ENG102* (3): First-Year Composition

    PAR114* (3): Paralegal Litigation


    SEMESTER 5 (6 CREDITS)

    PAR206* (3): Business Law

    PAR208* (3): Introduction to Tort Law


    SEMESTER 6 (9 CREDITS)

    PAR220* (3): Paralegal Writing

    PAR222* (3): Paralegal Research

    PAR224* (3): Law Office Technology for the Paralegal


    SEMESTER 7 (7 CREDITS)

    BIO100 (4): Biology Concepts

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics


    SEMESTER 8 (9 CREDITS)

    AJS123 (3): Ethics and the Administration of Justice

    AJS200 (3): Current Issues in Criminal Justice

    PAR230 (Restricted Elective)(3): Family Law for the Paralegal


    SEMESTER 9 (6 CREDITS)

    PAR239 (Restricted Elective)(3): Legal Investigation

    PAR240 (Restricted Elective)(3): Introduction to E-discovery for the Paralegal

    *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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