Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies

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The Associate in Paralegal Studies Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions assisting attorneys and other legal professionals with legal research, evidence collection, communications, document and litigation preparation, and other general duties of the daily practice of law. All credits earned from this degree are acceptable and apply toward the Hodges University’s Baccalaureate Degree in Legal Studies.  The primary objective of the Paralegal Studies Program is to offer a curriculum of law, the legal profession and practice, and liberal arts which meet the needs of the legal community and the individual student; courses and resources to fulfill that curriculum; classes which convey the necessary information of the curriculum to each student; and counseling to prepare each student for a successful career in legal assisting. See the Undergraduate Catalog for detailed degree requirements.
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The American Bar Association has acknowledged the importance of the paralegal role by devising a formal definition:
"A person...who is employed by a law the capacity or function which involves the performance under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney, of specially delegated substantive legal work, which work for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such assistant, the lawyer would perform the task."

A paralegal is a legal assistant, not a legal secretary, and has been trained in general and specific areas of law and legal research. The paralegal performs routine duties of legal practice such as client contact, research, evidence collection, and document preparation under the supervision of an attorney. The paralegal is to the lawyer what a nurse is to a doctor–an assistant. By delegating routine matters to the legal assistant, both the attorney and the client are better served.
Hodges University works with local businesses, law offices, banks, law schools and government to fulfill the needs of its graduates and the community. Graduates of Hodges University’s paralegal program are eligible to take the Certified Legal Assistant exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA).
Every instructor of law at Hodges University holds a Juris Doctorate degree and has practiced law. All other instructors hold at least a Master’s degree and experience in their respective field, ensuring that each student receives the best education and preparation in their career field.

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