Paralegal Studies

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Program Mission

The Paralegal Studies program prepares students to become ethical and competent paralegals by teaching substantive legal concepts as well as the practical, analytical, technological, and communication skills necessary to be successfully employed in the legal community.

Program Description

This program is offered completely online and will require that students work in the legal field to gain on the job training in their chosen career field. Learning will build each term through both theoretical competencies and practical skills required in this profession. Students will be prepared for highly responsible positions as paralegals upon completion of this program.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies will:

  1. Demonstrate various skills and aspects of the paralegal profession
  2. Conduct and document online legal research with accurate methods of citation
  3. Develop and edit legal documents using relevant legal terminology and current technology
  4. Apply professional skills and ethical standards expected of a paralegal

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Paralegal Studies program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

The Paralegal Studies program prepares students for entry-level jobs and future careers in the following areas: law firms, businesses, insurance companies, financial institutions, public agencies, title companies, and government offices.

Program Publications

Program Entrance Requirements


  • A grade of C or better must be attained in all LA (Legal Assistant) courses or courses must be retaken.
  • If required by placement test results, students will need to take WR 115 to reach the WR 121 requirement.
  • Acceptance into the Paralegal Program will be postponed if placement is below WR 115.
  • A working knowledge of MS Word.


  • Keyboarding speed of 45 WPM or take OA110 or OA124

Please contact the placement testing center as soon as possible so that your entrance into the program can be planned well.

Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Consultation with an adviser is critical to student’s selection of courses.

Students with a criminal record are strongly urged to research employability before entering the paralegal program. If students enter the program with a felony conviction, they should disclose this information to their paralegal advisor and any Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) employer.

High School Students

Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.

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If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.

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Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:

• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes


Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Crystal Sullivan - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Paralegal
Phone: 541-440-4663

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