Paralegal Studies

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Make a positive community impact with NOVA's Paralegal Studies Degree

Gain the knowledge and proficiency you need to work as a paralegal in clivil and criminal law with an associate degree in paralegal studies at NOVA.


Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies

Acquire the knowledge and expertise you need to perform client tasks under the direction of a lawyer with NOVA's Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies degree. Through NOVA's paralegal studies program, you'll gain an understanding of the general processes of American law so that you can assist lawyers in the civil and criminal law fields.

Two Years
Curriculum Details

Why Paralegal Studies at NOVA?

Skilled Paralegal Faculty

You'll learn from NOVA faculty who have vast experience in the legal field. They're also expert teachers who want to help you succeed - at NOVA and in your career.

Applicable Paralegal Courses

You'll learn to analyze legal issues, build research skills, and improve your oral and written communication skills. You'll also learn about the general processes of American law.

Affordable Paralegal Education

You'll receive an affordable paralegal education. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships, which can help you cover the cost of your paralegal studies.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in paralegal studies.

Paralegal Studies Career Outcomes

With an associate degree in paralegal studies from NOVA, you'll be equipped to work as a paralegal or legal assistant in corporate law firms, government agencies, and other legal settings.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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