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Associate's Degree


Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$31,070 to $80,260†
Tuition and fees:
$30,250 to $30,713
Program length:
77 weeks

Paralegals play a key role in the complex and exciting legal industry. While lawyers are ultimately responsible for legal work, many tasks are often delegated to paralegals.* If you are interested in training for a new career or advancing in the legal industry, the Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Brightwood College can be the first step on the path to career success.

Typically, graduates with an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies pursue a career in a legal environment such as a private law firm, corporation, or government agency. This program offers courses in the basic understanding of the core areas of law and court systems to help you stand out in the competitive job market.

As a student of the paralegal degree program, you could learn how to prepare for litigation, provide administrative support during courtroom proceedings, interview witnesses, and research legal issues.

Cassi, Student

This type of environment is so personal. When you come here, you really feel like the staff cares about you. I couldn’t imagine going to a large school with stadium seating and online tests ever again.

Cassi, Student

Paralegal Studies Associate’s Degree Program Features

This is your opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to seek a career in the legal field. Our paralegal degree program provides a fundamental awareness of the law and practical hands-on skills that can prepare you to meet the demands of the paralegal profession.

Coursework includes the following topics:

  • Legal research
  • Civil litigation
  • Contracts
  • Criminal law
  • Wills, trusts, and estate planning
  • Torts and personal injury

Brightwood College’s paralegal program offers training in research skills, critical thinking abilities, and communication techniques with interesting and varied externship possibilities.

American Bar Association Approved

The General Practice Paralegal Certificate program at our Nashville campus is approved by the American Bar Association.

Alethia, Graduate

Everybody was awesome, and encouraging, and positive, and helpful. Not everybody comes right out of high school and goes to college. It was a very welcoming environment. I really loved the small class size.

Alethia, Graduate

Potential Paralegal Career Opportunities

By obtaining a Paralegal Studies associate’s degree from our program you can seek various entry-level positions in a legal setting, such as the following:

  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal assistant
  • Legal assistant or specialist
  • Legal secretary or receptionist
  • Legal administrative assistant
  • Office administrator or manager
  • Legal typist

Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.

† The median annual wage for paralegals and legal assistants was $49,500 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,260. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at (visited September 08, 2017).National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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