NVCC's paralegal studies program offers college credit leading to an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

The curriculum for the degree consists of eleven courses (thirty-three semester hours) in legal specialty courses and ten courses (thirty-two semester hours) in required or elective general education courses.

The eleven legal specialty courses include an introductory course (which must be taken during the first semester of studies), skill building courses in legal research and legal writing, and courses in eight substantive areas of law.

Required general education courses focus on building skills in the areas of writing, oral communication, logical thinking, and computer competency, and also include liberal arts courses in the humanities and in the natural and social sciences.

The paralegal studies program is designed so that students who have no previous college experience can earn their degrees after four semesters (two academic years) of full-time study. Students who have earned a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university are usually exempt from the general education requirements, and can earn their paralegal studies degrees after completing the eleven legal specialty courses and one computer course. This can normally be done in two semesters (nine months) of full-time study.

Some students attend on a full-time basis while others attend on a part-time basis and complete courses at whatever rate is best for them. Because many students hold full-time jobs and juggle family responsibilities, both day and evening classes are scheduled each semester. Each legal specialty course meets one day per week (Monday through Saturday) during a three hour time block. Courses may begin at 9:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; or 7:30 p.m.

Legal specialty courses are offered only at the Alexandria campus. General education courses may be taken at any campus or on line, at a variety of day and evening times.

The requirements for the Paralegal Studies degree are here: http://www.nvcc.edu/curcatalog/programs/pdf/Paralegal-AAS.pdf.