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Paralegal Schools, Paralegal Degree Online from Westwood CollegeLaw isn't only practiced by lawyers. In the real world, much of what goes into the legal process is conducted by paralegals. In modern law offices, paralegals are assuming a growing range of legal duties and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. A Westwood paralegal degree will prepare you for a fast-paced career in the field of law. Through detailed coursework and preparation, you'll acquire the skills necessary to start your career as a paralegal.*

Program features include:

  • curriculum designed with input from experienced professionals in the legal industry
  • relevant law classes, such as real estate law, bankruptcy law, immigration law and tort law
  • training in common online research tools, such as Westlaw
  • an emphasis in learning legal terminology, drafting legal documents and conducting legal research
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*Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable tests/exams.

  • Course Info

    A paralegal degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Legal Research and Writing I & II
    • Interviewing and Investigation
    • Contract Law for Paralegals
    • Law Office Operations
    • Entertainment Law
    • Immigration Law 

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Employ technology in a legal environment
    • Prepare effective and appropriate legal documents
    • Demonstrate high standards of ethics and professionalism
    • Describe basic law, codes, court structure and the judicial systems
    • Review the processes used to do legal investigations and client and witness interviews

    Locations offering this degree:*

    California
    Anaheim Campus - Anaheim, CA
    Inland Empire Campus - Upland, CA
    Los Angeles Campus - Los Angeles, CA

    Colorado
    Denver North Campus - Denver, CO

    Online
    Online Campus

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your Paralegal degree take you?

    Our paralegal program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in law. Our faculty of professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career. Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates with a paralegal associate degree from Westwood College.*

    • Legal support
    • Paralegal 
    • Title examination

    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.


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    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our Paralegal graduates for careers with employers such as:

    • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • First American Insurance
    • Grassman, Bird, Braun and Schwartz LLP
    • Miles, Bauer, Bergstrom and Winters LLP
    • Pinkerton Government Services
    • State of Colorado
    • Tabor Law Offices
    • Texas Attorney General's Office
    • Washakie County Clerk of District Court
    • Westlake Financial Services

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
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  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and graduation rates of students who attended this program, as well as occupations listed by the Department of Education as potential careers for this program, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program was taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary. Job codes were pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of November 30, 2013. While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed.