Associate in Paralegal Studies

The Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies degree is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and provides students with a foundation of general education and legal studies for working adults who aspire to a career as a paralegal.

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What You Can Expect

Online, Face-to-Face Instruction  
Students are required to take foundational courses via live, online, face-to-face courses (if not transferred from another ABA-approved institution). For all other courses, the live, weekly online sessions are optional. 

What You Will Learn

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Civil Litigation
  • Contract, Tort and Criminal Law
  • Legal Technology

The program prepares graduates for continuing their education and baccalaureate level as all credits apply directly to the Bachelor’s in Paralegal Studies at Peirce, the only ABA-approved bachelor’s in paralegal in Philadelphia.

Program at a Glance:




100% online, including live, online, face-to-face courses

Transfer Credits:

Up to 30 transfer credits can be applied to this degree


$600 per credit

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*Tuition is based on current tuition and does not include fees or books.

Emergency Student Aid

Emergency Student Aid grants are available for Peirce students. Grants can be used to pay off balances, cover tuition, buy books, and for all costs of attendance, including food, rent, childcare, and transportation. Learn more.

Curriculum for the AS in Paralegal Studies

PRCPRC 100 or PRC 101*1
BIS 111Application Software Fundamentals3
COM 112Speech Communication3
ENG 101English Composition3
ENG 103Rhetoric and Research3
HUM 102Introduction to Ethics3
MAT 101Introduction to College Mathematics3
PSC 101Introduction to American Government3
SCIScience Core (choose 1)3
GEN EDGeneral Education Course (choose 1)3
LGL 100**The Paralegal Profession3
LGL 102**Legal Research3
LGL 113**Legal Writing3
LGL 117Civil Litigation3
LGL 201Contract Law3
LGL 206Tort Law3
LGL 207Criminal Law3
LGL 215Professional Legal Responsibility3
LGL 219Legal Technology3
LGL 220 or CWE 116Paralegal Capstone I or Cooperative Work Experience3
ELEElective Course (choose 1)3
TOTAL: 61 Credits

*Students who place into developmental education courses and/or who have fewer than 15 transfer credits are required to enroll in PRC 100: Student Success Seminar.

**Foundational courses must be completed via live, online, face-to-face courses.

Course Descriptions and Information

View course descriptions and prerequisite information in our Undergraduate Catalog

Careers in Paralegal Studies

It is important to note that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Paralegals work under the direct supervision of attorneys.

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