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Associate - Legal Studies

Are you interested in exploring a career in the legal field? If so, and you are seeking to build a fundamental understanding of legal processes and practices, then you might consider Herzing University's Associate of Science in Legal Studies. Read on to find out more about this associate degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student of Herzing University's Associate of Science in Legal Studies program, you will have the opportunity to study various legal procedures and concepts in family, business, and civil law. Topics designed to be addressed include American legal and court systems, legal research methods, interviewing techniques, ethical codes of conduct, law case management, legal bookkeeping and office software, and legal document preparation. You will also have the chance to study legal research and trial practices for family disputes, personal injuries, and civil cases. Courses in English, math, science, computer applications, speech, and social science must also be completed. The Associate of Science in Legal Studies is both an online and campus-based program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should have strong communication, organizational, and analytical skills and possess an interest in working in a legal firm or similar setting. Though requirements may vary, you should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete a total of 63 credits to earn the Associate of Science in Legal Studies from Herzing University. The program includes 27 credits in required courses, 25 credits in general education courses, nine credits in open electives, and two credits in personal and professional development. The ability to type 40 words per minute on a keyboard is also a graduation requirement for this program.

Required Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
BU 206 Business Law I
PL 100 Introduction to Legal Assisting
PL 106 Legal Research
PL 131 Torts
PL 132 Family Law
PL 140 Ethics and Paralegal Professionalism
PL 180 Law Office Procedures
PL 215 Civil Litigation
PL 250 Legal Writing

General Education Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
VariesOne semester credit hour in Information Literacy
VariesThree semester credit hours in English Composition
VariesThree semester credit hours in Speech
VariesFour semester credit hours in Computer Applications
VariousFour semester credit hours in Mathematics (College Algebra or above)
VariesThree semester credit hours in Social or Behavioral Science
VariesThree semester credit hours in Natural Science or Humanities with a Critical Thinking Focus
VariesFour semester credit hours in Mathematics or Natural Science

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
PD 121 Professional Development I
PD 202 Professional Development II
PD 214 AS/AAS/BS/Diploma Internship Preparation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

You could begin to apply to entry-level positions in legal firms after completing Herzing University's Associate of Science in Legal Studies program. You might also explore opportunities in corporate legal departments, government agencies, or courts. Some positions might require certification. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Paralegal
  • Court Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Secretary

Advanced Degrees

While the Associate of Science in Legal Studies is generally sufficient to seek entry-level work, some companies might prefer a four-year degree. A four-year degree could also be necessary for career advancement in the legal field. Examples of degrees you could seek include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science