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Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies

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Career Outlook and Growth

Expanding Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal and legal assistant jobs are expected to grow much faster than average at a growth rate of 8% or higher through the year 2029 with projected job openings of 37,600 in the United States.1

Furthermore, U.S. News ranked Paralegal as one of the best social service jobs of 2021.2 Trends also suggest that employers are becoming more selective and placing greater preference on paralegal candidates with a degree.3

Earning your degree now means you’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future.

Example Careers & Employers

As a graduate of the Bryan University Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies, examples of career opportunities may include:

  • Corporate Paralegal
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • Discovery Paralegal
  • Legal Analyst
  • Legal Support Specialist
  • Legal Assistant
  • Litigation Clerk

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills to perform many key roles in the legal industry:

  • Managing attorney- and client-support functions
  • Conducting investigation of facts and performing legal research related to a case
  • Compiling evidence and preparing materials for trial
  • Directing and coordinating law-office operations
  • Preparing and indexing legal documents, reports and other litigation materials using computer software
  • Maintaining electronic databases and all electronic materials and documents related to law cases using relevant e-Discovery software

Examples of employment settings may include:

  • Local and international law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Professional services firms
  • Finance and insurance firms
  • Government agencies

Find Your Place in a Growing, Multibillion-Dollar Industry

Recent trends indicate that law firms increasingly use technology and computer software for managing documents and preparing for trials. In today’s technology-driven environment, paralegals should be equipped with electronic database-management expertise and be current on the latest e-Discovery software. E-Discovery refers to all electronic materials that are searched, located and secured as resources for a trial. These include emails, text messages, phone records, accounting databases, websites and other electronic documents.

E-Discovery has quickly become a multibillion-dollar industry and a key component of the legal process, often comprising 50 percent or more of litigation costs. E-Discovery experts recognize a huge knowledge gap in the profession, leading to an ever-growing need for highly educated paralegals with the right e-Discovery training. That’s why Bryan University is committed to providing you with a unique paralegal e-Discovery education, giving you the training to prepare you for success as soon as you graduate.

Program Overview

Create Your Path to a Paralegal Career

Developed in collaboration with Bryan University’s distinguished Board of Advisors, the Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies Associate Degree program focuses on connecting you to the industry by providing you with the skills employers need. Your professors will be experts in paralegal science, legal technology, attorneys, litigators and recruiters.

Gain Specialized Skills Employers Need

You’ll learn the fundamentals of law, paralegal science, litigation and investigative research, while gaining in-depth expertise in database management, e-Discovery software and other legal technologies required by today’s modern law offices. In our interactive, cutting-edge online classrooms, you’ll be provided a comprehensive foundation of the industry:

  • Paralegal science and legal office management
  • Business, criminal, civil, family and contract law
  • Civil litigation
  • Legal research, professional writing and document preparation
  • Information technology subjects including electronic document management, e-Discovery software, digital data management and legal office technologies
  • Collection, preservation and analysis of electronically stored information
  • E-Discovery project management
  • Comprehensive, hands-on lab experience
  • Receive preparation for the nationally-recognized Certified Paralegal (CP) exam through National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)—one exam attempt is paid for by the university after you complete your associate degree4

All books and courseware are included in the program tuition!

When you receive an accredited associate degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies from Bryan University, you’re immediately prepared for the job market. Our comprehensive course of study ensures your marketability as a highly qualified candidate ready to face the many challenges of the paralegal and legal technology workplace.

Build Expertise in Our State-of-the-Art Simulation Lab

Our one-of-a-kind ELSSA™ simulation lab (E-Discovery Lab for Software, Simulation & Applications) challenges you with real-world scenarios using cutting-edge industry software, so you can build the practical expertise and experience that employers demand.  In this interactive, virtual environment, you’ll learn to handle a variety of cases using the latest technologies available and develop a skillset that is primed for career growth.

Experience the New Online Learning Model—Personalized to You

Our dynamic experiential learning model (DeXL) contains industry-specific curriculum combined with computer-based learning tools, allowing you to learn interactively. You’ll receive a personalized learning experience, which includes:

  • Individual coaching meetings with instructors when you want them, and instructors who reach out to you if they see you need help
  • The flexibility to accelerate assignment due dates and select from a variety of assignment options to fit your schedule and learning style
  • A mastery-based learning environment giving you the option to improve grades by re-taking assignments based upon instructor feedback
  • Cutting-edge technologies such as Cerego, an electronic learning platform that identifies your current knowledge level and highlights only the information you need, saving you time and improving the learning experience
  • Meaningful, interactive conversations with your peers and faculty
  • Real-world experiences using simulated work environments
  • Weekly live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty coaching sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

Connect with an Online Community Like No Other

Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer with BryanConnect, our online user-friendly community. At Bryan, we don’t think online learning means learning alone. You’ll become part of a vibrant community of your fellow students, alumni, instructors, and others, who provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop colleagues who will help coach and assist you during your college experience, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Further Your Education at the Bachelor's Degree Level

Once you complete your associate degree, you may consider continuing your education at the bachelor's degree level. Bryan University offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.

Footnotes

1See http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00. Also see Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020/21 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. Site visited on 2/7/2021.
2See U.S. News Best Social Service Jobs 2021.
3Robert Half©2015 Salary Guide for the Legal Field
4Note that the NALA CP credential is not required for employment. Students must complete the associated degree program to qualify to take the CP exam.

4 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Program Details​

Objectives & Courses
Locations & Credits
Program Faculty
General Education Faculty
Admission Requirements
Affording College

Objectives

The Academic Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies is designed to prepare students for the requirements of work as a paralegal in the current and emerging legal workplace. In addition to foundational skills in paralegal sciences, graduates of the program will also be competent in the areas of conducting electronic discovery and working in a technologically mature office environment. Following the completion of the program, a graduate should have the ability to:

  • Develop and utilize client support functions.
  • Perform attorney support functions.
  • Conduct investigative research.
  • Logistically identify and utilize legal research.
  • Prepare litigation legal documents.
  • Develop key information literacy utilizing materials in preparation for trial.
  • Acquire administrative-level documents.
  • Support global business communications.
  • Provide inclusive and beneficial clerical support.
  • Problem-solve issues to support team functionality and delivery.

Courses

LGL-110—Introduction to Paralegal Sciences—3.0 credits
This course presents the role of paralegals in the legal system, introduces paralegal skills and explores career opportunities. It highlights the ethical and professional guidelines that govern the paralegal field. It also introduces the sources of law, an overview of courts, and alternative dispute resolution systems.

LGL-150—Civil Procedure—3.0 credits
This course presents the role of paralegals in the civil litigation process including alternative dispute resolution. It gives students instruction on basic legal research and writing, drafting documents and pleadings, and electronic filing.

LGL-160—Introduction to Law Firm Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides the paralegal student with an introduction to the types and functions of technology in the legal field, providing them with knowledge of and access to commonly used software.

LGL-170—Legal Research and Writing I—3.0 credits
This course expands the skills of the paralegal student in performing legal research and writing, emphasizing case briefing and legal analysis. It provides students with experience using research tools and search engines available in the legal field.

LGL-180—Torts—3.0 credits
This course provides a basic understanding of personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, and civil rights litigation. Students develop skills in applying law to fact patterns as well as utilizing rules of state and federal civil procedure.

EDS-200—Foundations of E-Discovery—3.0 credits
This course explores the procedures associated with e-discovery. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and the role of the paralegal in each phase. Topics include the pre-trial litigation process and the forms and phases of general discovery.

EDS-210—ESI and E-Discovery Skill Building—3.0 credits
This course provides an understanding of electronically stored information (ESI) fundamentals and the opportunity
to build practical e-discovery paralegal skills using current software applications housed within the Bryan University E-Discovery Lab for Software, Simulation, and Applications (ELSSA).

LGL-210—Business Organizations and Contract Law—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the nature, formation, and regulation of business organizations. Students will also gain an understanding of contractual relationships, applicable laws and remedies.

LGL-220—Family and Criminal Law—3.0 credits
This course presents an overview of a family law practice and basic principles of criminal law. Along with developing an understanding of legal analysis and constitutional law, students complete practical paralegal projects related to both family law and criminal law practices.

LGL-230—Legal Research and Writing II—3.0 credits
This course provides additional practice and application in legal research and writing. Students will be expected to complete legal writing assignments utilizing more advanced legal analysis skills and based on state-specific laws.

EDS-240—E-Discovery Paralegal I—3.0 credits
This class will help students develop a comprehensive understanding of the early phases of the EDRM (Information Governance through Processing). Students will focus on the communication skills and paperwork needed to keep necessary parties informed. This class is designed to help students begin to manage e-discovery projects for a law firm.

EDS-250—E-Discovery Paralegal II—3.0 credits
This class provides students an opportunity to develop and practice skills relating to the latter stages of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) framework using the E-Discovery Lab for Software, Simulation, and Applications (ELSSA).

LGP-280—Paralegal Simulation Lab A—3.0 credits
A practical demonstration of ability to apply professional and ethical guidelines, ability to use Microsoft Office, ability to draft key legal documents as well as to perform a conflict of interest.

LGP-290—Paralegal Simulation Lab B—3.0 credits
A practical demonstration of ability to perform relevant e-discovery tasks in a simulated environment using relevant e-discovery software, including but not limited to rules of evidence as related to electronically stored data.

UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 60 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

Nola Wright
Nola Wright, BA, JD

Washburn University School of Law

Nola has practiced law for over 30 years, primarily as a trial attorney, in both civil and criminal litigation. She has served as legal counsel for major corporations, small companies, law firms, and government agencies, and has been the supervising attorney for paralegals on staff. She received a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1980 from the University of Kansas, and her Juris Doctorate from Washburn Law School in 1984. In addition to her trial practice, she has taught as an adjunct for business law classes and paralegal programs. A native Kansasan, Nola is an avid KU basketball fan (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) and an advocate and supporter of the arts.

Tiffany Bratt

Instructor, Bryan University

JD, Brigham Young University Law School; BA, English, Brigham Young University

Marty Chadwick
Marty Chadwick

Instructor, Bryan University

Marty Chadwick is a political science graduate of Columbia College and has a J.D. from Western New England University. A resident of Gilbert, Arizona, he is an active member of the Arizona State Bar and prior member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Virginia Bar; where he practiced contract, criminal, elder, juvenile, and estate planning law. He is a professional mediator with his own Arizona firm, Mediation Path, where he mediates divorce, family law, employment, and elder conflicts. He has also mediated for the Pinal County Courts, the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, the Maricopa County Justice Courts, and the EEOC. Prior to this, Marty had a long career as a C-level executive in Healthcare.

Prior to teaching at Bryan, Marty was an adjunct instructor in the Lamson College paralegal program. His significant other, sons and several grandchildren in the area keep him busy, humble, perplexed, and delighted. He also enjoys volunteer work with the fire department, hiking, golfing, cooking, creative writing, and experimenting with water coloring

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Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

DeWayne Demland

Instructor, Bryan University

MBA, University of Phoenix; B.S. Business Administration, Arizona Christian College

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

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To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:
  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Students applying to healthcare programs must also identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.
To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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Learn by Doing

You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

Return for Refresher Classes

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