Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science
This degree program prepares the student for employment as a legal assistant/paralegal in law-related occupations, including public and private law practice and/or corporate or government law-related activities.
Course content includes legal concepts, court systems, tort law, business law, real estate law, immigration, estate law, bankruptcy and legal communications.
Program Learning Outcomes
For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes.
Have a standard high school diploma or GED;
Complete an Application for Admission, located at
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.
To comply with American Bar Association guidelines, all transfer students seeking the Paralegal AS or ATC certificate must complete a minimum of ten (10) credits of legal specialty courses in a traditional, on-ground course format at Palm Beach State College
The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.
The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens campuses.
For More Information
Dr. Cary High, highc@PalmBeachState.edu, (561) 207-5150
Paralegal Studies Academic Advisor (561) 207-5340
Graduation from this program will qualify a student to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants national exam to become a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA). Students are encouraged to take this exam.
Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the web at www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/Bachelor.
In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
O-Net Online: http://online.onetcenter.org/