Paralegal Studies

Proactive and methodical? Welcome to Paralegal Studies.

Refine your research and problem-solving skills for a rewarding legal career.

Our competitive Paralegal area of study offers a comprehensive curriculum coupled with internships and real-world projects. Receive skills-based training in case management and legal research from instructors experienced in the legal field. You’ll also learn how to analyze and summarize data to assist attorneys in preparation for hearings, corporate meetings and other legal functions. Upon completion, you’ll have a network of connections from the Utah State Bar and Utah Paralegal Association, launching your career as a legal professional.

LDSBC offers 3 degree options for Paralegal Studies: 1) AAS degree (terminal); 2) Specialized certificate combined with general education courses into a transferable AS degree; or 3) Stand-alone Specialized certificate. Each option equips you with the valuable skills employers want, so you can get to work right away (and continue your education while you get paid!)

You’ll also leave here with the skills to communicate effectively, articulate your career preparation confidently and collaborate with others meaningfully. And in all things, we’ll help you work toward becoming a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ. So whatever you do, you’ll be prepared to be the best you possible.

AAS DEGREE AS DEGREE STAND-ALONE SPECIALIZED CERTIFICATE
Core Curriculum 20 credits 34 credits -
Program Core 40 credits 27 credits 27 credits
TOTAL 60 credits 61 credits 27 credits

Interested in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree?

If your goal is to gain the skills to go right to work, an AAS degree in Paralegal Studies could be the right fit. This five semester degree provides you with the in-demand, hands-on skills to get a good-paying job in the legal field quickly.

The AAS degree is not designed to transfer, although many of the course credits may be accepted by other institutions. It’s designed to prepare you for an entry-level position in a specific field, with no further education required to succeed.

Are you Interested in an Associate of Science (AS) degree?

If your goal is to get a transferable, skills-based degree, you’re in the right place. You’ll graduate with the technical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills that employers look for, so you can secure a career and excel.

Interested in continuing your education after you graduate? No problem. Your regionally-accredited AS degree (+ Specialized Certificate) can be transferred to a 4-year institution.

Get a stand-alone specialized certificate

Are you looking for the fastest option to gain marketable skills, so you can get a competitive job without a 2- or 4-year degree? LDS Business College offers stand-alone specialized certificates that can be completed in just 2 semesters. So you can get to work fast in the field of your choice, with the potential for further education later.

For further details about this and other degrees and certificates, please review your academic catalog.

Don't forget to plan your courses

Have you laid out your course sequencing yet? It’s essential that you meet with your academic advisor first thing to ensure that you stay on track. Accumulating too many credits will not only affect your eligibility for financial aid, but also your ability to transfer to another school. So don’t wait. Set yourself up for success by mapping out your required courses from the beginning.

You can reach your academic advisor through the Student Development Center at Studentdevelopment@ldsbc.edu or 801-524-8151.

Review course sequencing

Kimberly Garner

Program Chair - Paralegal Studies
J.D., Law, University of Idaho, 2007

Before Kimberly became the Paralegal Studies Program Chair, she enjoyed her work as a paralegal and an associate attorney at Rasmussen and Miner for 15 years. She came to LDSBC in 2011 as an adjunct instructor and soon after became the Program Chair for Paralegal Studies and the Department Chair for Professional Services.