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Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies

Advance Your Paralegal Career with a Bachelor's Degree

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Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies

Career Outlook and Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal and legal assistant jobs are expected to grow much faster than average at a rate of 10%-15% through the year 2030 with projected job openings of 43,000 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 four-year degree.3

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

1See https://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 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. Site visited on 1/7/2022. Also, job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.
2See U.S. News Best Social Service Jobs 2021.
3Robert Half©2015 Salary Guide for the Legal Field

Expanding Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Bryan University Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies, career opportunities4 may include:

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

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.

Attractive Employers Include

  • Local and international law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Professional services firms
  • Finance and insurance firms
  • Government agencies
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Career & Job Search Services for Students & Grads

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.

Employers Who Have Hired BU Grads

Program Highlights

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Total Credits
100%
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Online
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Courses at a Time
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Weeks per Course

Get the Skills Employers Want

Bryan U programs are aligned with employers’ needs to ensure you get the most current and relevant skills, including:

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  • 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

Gain Valuable Experience

Bryan University’s Paralegal Studies Bachelor’s Degree is aligned with current competencies that law firms need and developed in collaboration with industry experts. You’ll gain real-world practice experience online combined with assignments that simulate job tasks to ensure you’re job-ready upon graduation.

Use our proprietary ELSSA™ simulation lab (E-Discovery Lab for Software, Simulation & Applications), use industry software to practice and build your electronic discovery skills.

Simulated Job Tasks

Complete course assignments that are based on real-world cases and simulate related job tasks.

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Upgrade Your Skills & Career Options: Stackable Programs with Dual Enrollment

All Bryan University programs are stacked, which means once you earn your Paralegal Studies Certificate and Paralegal Studies Associate Degree, you can transfer these credits directly into the Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies. If you already obtained college credit or an associate degree from another accredited school, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to accelerate your completion time.

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Meet Your Program Faculty

Curtis Craghead
Curtis Craghead
Instructor and Lab Manager, Bryan University

Before joining the paralegal team at Bryan, Curtis spent over 20 years of working directly with law firms and government agencies in electronic discovery, litigation support, and quality control. He has worked for noted industry leaders in legal software such as Modus eDiscovery, Inc., Encore Legal Solutions/Epiq Systems, and InVzn. He has trained students and supported Client and Encore users on Concordance, Summation, iCONECT, iPro, LiveNote, CaseMap, MS-Windows, MS-Office, MS-DOS, and litigation document production-related subjects.

His past experience in litigation support software development and instruction brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our students learning about electronic discovery.

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Curtis Craghead
Curtis Craghead Instructor and Lab Manager, Bryan University

Before joining the paralegal team at Bryan, Curtis spent over 20 years of working directly with law firms and government agencies in electronic discovery, litigation support, and quality control. He has worked for noted industry leaders in legal software such as Modus eDiscovery, Inc., Encore Legal Solutions/Epiq Systems, and InVzn. He has trained students and supported Client and Encore users on Concordance, Summation, iCONECT, iPro, LiveNote, CaseMap, MS-Windows, MS-Office, MS-DOS, and litigation document production-related subjects.

His past experience in litigation support software development and instruction brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our students learning about electronic discovery.

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Patrick Johnson
Instructor, Bryan University

Patrick graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in Political Science. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. While in law school, Patrick interned at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and a civil firm. He was also a member of the nationally-ranked Cumberland Trial Team.

After law school, Patrick moved to Arizona where he began working at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. While there, he prosecuted cases in the Pre-Trial Bureau, the Felony Trial Bureau, and the Family Violence Bureau. After nearly five years in Maricopa County, Patrick joined the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, where he currently prosecutes violent and repeat offenders in the Major Offender Bureau.

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Patrick Johnson Instructor, Bryan University

Patrick graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in Political Science. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. While in law school, Patrick interned at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and a civil firm. He was also a member of the nationally-ranked Cumberland Trial Team.

After law school, Patrick moved to Arizona where he began working at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. While there, he prosecuted cases in the Pre-Trial Bureau, the Felony Trial Bureau, and the Family Violence Bureau. After nearly five years in Maricopa County, Patrick joined the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, where he currently prosecutes violent and repeat offenders in the Major Offender Bureau.

Kristin Moye
Kristin Moye
Instructor, Bryan University

After working at the Arizona Supreme Court, Kristin Moye entered private practice at the law firm of Becker Zarling & Moye Law. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Arizona and holds a J.D. and LL.M. from Phoenix School of Law and Pepperdine. She has published two law review articles in the area of employment law and estate planning.

Kristin worked at Snell & Wilmer and Ryley Carlock and Applewhite where she gained experience with e-Discovery. Currently, her practice focuses on estate planning and representing small businesses. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her daughter.

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Kristin Moye
Kristin Moye Instructor, Bryan University

After working at the Arizona Supreme Court, Kristin Moye entered private practice at the law firm of Becker Zarling & Moye Law. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Arizona and holds a J.D. and LL.M. from Phoenix School of Law and Pepperdine. She has published two law review articles in the area of employment law and estate planning.

Kristin worked at Snell & Wilmer and Ryley Carlock and Applewhite where she gained experience with e-Discovery. Currently, her practice focuses on estate planning and representing small businesses. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her daughter.

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Meet Your General Education Faculty

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Christina Hammerton Instructor, Bryan University

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

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Christina Hammerton Instructor, Bryan University

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

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Lori Heredia Instructor, Bryan University

Master of Arts in English/Professional Writing, Northern Arizona University; Master of Communication, Grand Canyon University; Bachelor of Interdisciplinary/Organizational Studies, Arizona State University

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Lori Heredia Instructor, Bryan University

Master of Arts in English/Professional Writing, Northern Arizona University; Master of Communication, Grand Canyon University; Bachelor of Interdisciplinary/Organizational Studies, Arizona State University

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Andrea Kolich Instructor, Bryan University

MA in International Affairs from George Washington University

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Andrea Kolich Instructor, Bryan University

MA in International Affairs from George Washington University

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Explore Paralegal Courses

  • EDS-390, 3.0 credits
    E-Discovery Utilities and Applications Lab
    This course is designed to develop advanced skills in utilities and applications used in the litigation support and legal industry. Students in this class will use software applications in Bryan University's E-Discovery Lab for Software, Simulation, and Applications (ELSSA).
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  • EDS-240, 3.0 credits
    E-Discovery Paralegal I
    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.
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  • EDS-250, 3.0 credits
    E-Discovery Paralegal II
    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).
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  • LGL-350, 3.0 credits
    Property Law
    This course provides students with an understanding of property law including real property, wills, estates, and probate. The course focuses students on the practical skills needed to prepare and file related court documents. The handling of probate litigation and will contests from the perspective of the paralegal is also emphasized.
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  • LGL-420, 3.0 credits
    Certification Preparation
    This course assists students with preparation for industry-standard certifications. The course includes drills that help prepare students for the format and content of the certification exams.
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  • LGL-400, 3.0 credits
    Trial Practice
    This course is designed to provide students with practical experience in preparing detailed pleadings, pre-trial motions, and discovery requests in addition to deposition preparation. The role of the paralegal in alternative dispute resolution is also explored. This class will provide an opportunity for students to develop advanced skills relating to trial preparation and presentation in the electronic courtroom. Students in this class will use software applications in Bryan University's E-Discovery Lab for Software, Simulation, and Applications (ELSSA).
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Benefits for You

Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive these benefits and services included in tuition at no extra cost.

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    Industry Certifications & Credentials

    Prepare for third-party certifications – one certification exam attempt paid for by the university.

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    Electronic Books & Courseware

    We give you easy access to your e-textbooks and software.

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    Tutoring & Academic Support

    Our tutors and academic staff provide personalized support whenever you need it.

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    School Starter Kit

    You’ll receive a starter package to ensure you’re ready to succeed in your program.

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    Accelerated Programs & No Waiting Lists

    Finish in the shortest time possible and never get wait-listed for course registration.

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    Refresher Classes

    As a graduate, audit previously completed courses free to keep your skills sharp.

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    Personal Success Coach

    You'll receive dedicated support to help you succeed in and out of the classroom.

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    Career Services

    Get expert help to ensure you're job-ready and connect with employers.

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    Mentoring from Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty with real-world experience in their field.

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Why Learn Online

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Flexible & Convenient

We recognize that life can be busy and complex, so we’ve designed the learning experience around you. You have the option to complete your homework assignments online each week at days and times convenient to you. You have the flexibility to resubmit homework to improve your grades and gain greater mastery of the course content.

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Learn Faster & Retain More

We provide you with user-friendly learning technology such as adaptive digital textbooks and simulated job tasks to help you learn faster, easier, and retain more knowledge. All your efforts are recorded so you can track your progress and plan your time more effectively.

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Live Classes & Academic Support

Studying online with Bryan lets you learn from the comfort of home while connecting you in live events with peers, teachers, industry professionals, and mentors. If you happen to miss the event, we record them so can you watch them later and not miss a beat. Whenever you need help with an assignment, you can schedule a tutor at any time online with the click of a button.

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Connect with Peers, Faculty & Industry Experts

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that includes industry experts who will provide support, expand your professional network, and celebrate your success along the way.

How You Learn Online

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Live Classes on Zoom

Most programs provide live classes that are also recorded in case you miss them and need to watch them later - click here for a list of live classes by program.

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Re-submit Homework for Mastery

Didn't get the grade you wanted? At Bryan U, you can resubmit your homework to improve your grades.

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User-Friendly Learning Technology

You'll learn using a program that adapts to your knowledge level while helping you learn faster and retain more.

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Share Your Interests

Engage with others in class using a social platform to share your thoughts on topics you're interested in.

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Affording College

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Tuition Lock Guarantee

Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don't differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

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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.

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Financial Aid if You Qualify

As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn about those who qualify, please visit our financial aid page.

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Active-Duty Military & Veterans

For students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details. You may also complete the Request Information form or call us at 888-721-9773 to receive immediate assistance.

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Tuition Rates Go Down the Longer You're in School

As you progress through each credential level (e.g., certificate to associate degree, or associate degree to bachelor's degree), your tuition decreases. Plus, your tuition is locked in once you enroll so that it never goes up as long as you remain continuously enrolled in good academic standing. For a current listing of Bryan University's tuition rates by program, please visit our tuition rates page.

Admission Requirements

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.
  • Attend online orientation to meet your faculty and classmates.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Note that students applying to healthcare programs may need to 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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