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.
As a graduate of the Bryan University Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies, examples of career opportunities may include:
As a graduate, you’ll have the skills to perform many key roles in the legal industry:
Examples of employment settings may include:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Associate of Academic in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies program 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.
Program offered 100% online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instructor, Bryan University
Paul Armbruster is an Australian-qualified lawyer who is admitted to practice in Queensland, Australia. He also holds an Arizona in-house practicing certificate. Paul has been in the e-Discovery space for over 14 years and is currently a Litigation and e-Discovery Analyst at eBay Inc.
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