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Online Paralegal Degree Program


Are you interested in how the legal system works? A paralegal career is an exciting choice if you want to learn more about the law. Northwestern College is proud to offer the Paralegal Associate in Applied Science Degree in an online hybrid format. Students completing the program (100 quarter hours) will be required to take four specified courses on ground (Introduction to Legal Research, Civil Litigation II, Legal Research and Writing I, and Legal Research and Writing II). All other paralegal and general education classes will be offered online. After completing our Paralegal Online Degree program, you can begin practicing as a paralegal.

Paralegals, under the supervision of attorneys, provide services in all phases of the legal system including courts, law firms and government agencies. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. 

Paralegal Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Understand and exhibit expected ethical behavior of the paralegal profession
  • Understand and demonstrate the necessary steps to bring a case to trial by preparing pleadings, discovery requests, and other litigation-related documents
  • Display the ability to independently research legal issues and prepare appropriate legal documents
  • Perform, through an externship, paralegal skills necessary to competently work in a legal environment
  • Exhibit computer proficiency and knowledge of computer software used in the legal profession


Paralegal Career Opportunities (CIP Code 22.0302)

Paralegals are in demand at law firms, court systems, government agencies at all levels, corporations, non-profit organizations, insurance and health care companies, real estate title companies, and financial services organizations. 

Paralegal Careers

Work For:

Law Firms

Court Systems Government Agencies
Non-Profit Organizations Insurance and Health Care Companies Real Estate Title Companies
Financial Services Organizations

The Paralegal program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in a number of occupations, including the following: (each occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website).

23-2011 - Paralegals and Legal Assistants
23-2099 - Legal Support Workers



The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), and Northwestern College is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.


Requirements and Course Offerings

See the Northwestern College Catalog 

 Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

 We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.

 For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

 Program Disclosure


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If you would like to receive more information about our Paralegal online program, contact us today and we will get back to you immediately. Or better yet, feel free to visit the campus to speak personally with students and faculty.