Online Bachelor’s in Paralegal Studies

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Paralegal Studies

Jump into an interesting and rewarding career as a paralegal.

It’s easy when you earn your paralegal bachelor degree online at PennWest.

Paralegals are in high demand in both large and small lawfirm. With their expertise in researching and gathering pertinent informationand their excellent organization and communication skills, they are key membersof any legal team as they prepare for hearings, trials and important meetings.

Because law practice is a business, firms need individuals with expertise inthe business field to manage their operations as well as their paralegal staff.PennWest’s online B.S. in Business Administration in Paralegal Studies is aunique and highly marketable degree that trains you for this important work.

Our renowned Business faculty will help you acquire a strong foundation in core business topics, then serve as your mentors and guides as you gain insight into the many aspects of paralegal studies. You’ll study topics that range from civil litigation and legal writing and research to environmental law and international environmental law. A field experience will provide you with extensive hands-on experience in an area of your choosing. For those of you desiring to bring some justice to the world in a non-business area you can attach our American Bar Association Approved certificate to any degree that interests you. To earn the certificate, you must have a current bachelor’s degree or in the process of earning one.

Upon completion of one of our programs in Paralegal Studies, you will be well-prepared to make your mark on a dynamic and growing field.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 12% for paralegals between now and 2030.

AACSB Accredited

This program is accredited by the AACSB, the most respected business accreditation. We teach students to think, grow and to be prepared to bring justice to their corner of the world.

ABA Approved

Since 1994, this program has been approved by the American Bar Association, the most elite legal approval obtainable.

Fast Facts


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Careers and Salaries

What can I do with a Bachelor degree in Paralegal Studies?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegals perform a variety of jobs, depending on the field of law.

Corporate paralegals often help lawyers prepare employee contracts, shareholder agreements, stock-option plans and companies’ annual financial reports. They might monitor and review government regulations to ensure the corporation is aware of new legal requirements.

Litigation paralegals maintain documents received from clients, conduct research for lawyers, retrieve and organize evidence, and draft settlement agreements.

Paralegals may also specialize in other legal areas, such as personal injury, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate.

Graduate Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will:

  1. Be able to effectively complete legal research tasks.
  2. Be able to effectively prepare legal documents.
  3. Understand the ethical responsibilities of a paralegal.
  4. Understand complicated issues of substantive law.
  5. Have the skills necessary to become an effective member of a legal team upon graduation.

Paralegals may not provide direct legal services to the public except when permitted by law

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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