Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate in Science
The legal field is a fast-paced, growing industry that needs paralegals and legal assistants to thrive. In this hands-on, technology-enhanced, American Bar Association-approved program, you will become qualified to play an essential role on a legal team, by learning critical thinking and specialized skills as well as ethical behaviors.
Getting Started: Fall Term 2021
June 14: Financial Aid
Aug. 16: Application
Aug. 23: Classes Begin
Why Seminole State?
- Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
- Small class sizes: With classes of 30 or less, you don’t have to learn in an auditorium.
- Online degree option: Most courses for our A.S. degrees are offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want.
- Hands-on experience: Apply your knowledge to real-world situations through internships with industry partners.
- Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials.
Your tuition shouldn’t go against your intuition.
Your pursuit of higher education is admirable. So why struggle with high tuition in the process? Here we make life’s next steps affordable. Whether you’re seeking a university transfer (A.A.) degree, a four-year bachelor’s, an Associate in Science degree or even earning a technical certificate, you’ll find reasonable tuition and great value. And to us, that’s scholarly.
In fact, a full-time college education at Seminole State is more than $10,000 less each year than most state universities.
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Tuition and Fee Comparison*
|Tuition and Fees||$3,131||$6,380||$6,538||$6,379|
|Room and Board||-0-||$10,590||$11,088||$10,300|
|Books and Supplies||$1,000||$890||$1,000||$1,200|
For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2020-21 fee schedule.
* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.
Paralegals and legal assistants provide critical support in law firms, courts, corporations, banks and government offices. Astute at managing multiple deadlines and intricate details, these professionals conduct research, prepare reports and assist lawyers with legal proceedings and business meetings.
Graduates of this program are employed in:
- Banks/trusts departments
- Corporations and businesses
- Federal, state and local government offices
- Insurance companies
For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.
Employment in this field is expected to grow by 22 percent (faster than average) through 2018 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
The Accredited Legal Professional (DOE code TAFLP001) certification serves as the entry-level examination for those joining the legal support profession.
DirectConnect to UCF: The A.S. degree in Legal Assistant/Paralegal will transfer to the University of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies if the following courses have also been completed:
- Principles of Economics (MICRO) or Principles of Economics (MACRO),
- One humanities General Education course (ARH 2050, ARH 2051, LIT 2120, PHI 2010, REL 2300 or THE 1020), and
- One mathematics General Education course (MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 2233, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313 or MGF 1106).
Other options: Some A.S. degree courses also are transferrable to other four-year institutions