AA in Legal Studies

Turn your passion for law into a lucrative and rewarding career by pursuing a degree in Legal Studies. By earning an associate of arts degree, you will be prepared to work as a paralegal or legal assistant. You might conduct legal and factual research, draft court documents and correspondence, review and summarize records, file documents with the courts, maintain files and communicate with clients. You could play a pivotal role in a law office, government agency, corporation or non-profit organization. This degree program also serves as a springboard for continuing your education by pursuing a bachelor's degree or even going to law school.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $39,210on campus

AA in Legal Studies

Washburn's curriculum provides a firm foundation for pursuing a legal career in a variety of workplace settings. In this 2-year program, you will learn about Constitutional law, legal research and writing, litigation, interviewing and investigating. Students also have the opportunity to choose the elective courses that best fit their career goals and targeted areas of expertise. For example, you could enroll in corporate law, family law or property law. Other options include personal injury law, criminal law or bankruptcy and collections. It is an opportunity to customize your educational journey. 

The legal training and skills you gain can lead to success as a paralegal or may even serve as a springboard for earning a bachelor's degree or attending law school. Substantial job growth is expected in this field, so make a case for success by enrolling at Washburn University. 

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CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. Law firms also are attempting to reduce billing costs as clients push for less expensive legal services. Paralegals can be a less costly alternative to lawyers performing a wide variety of tasks once done by entry-level lawyers.

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Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Benton Hall, Room 201
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.1411

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