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Online Legal Studies Degrees

As demand for skilled paralegals continues to increase, the Graduate, International, Compliance, and Legal Studies Office at Delaware Law School offers both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in legal studies.

Taught by our distinguished faculty, who contribute their diverse experience and in-depth knowledge, both online legal studies programs prepare our students well for the administrative aspects of legal work. A paralegal certificate can accompany a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and offers more advanced coursework.

ABA-Approved Legal Studies Programs

 Delaware Law School conveniently offers legal studies programs in a 100% online format.

Students are required to take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction. Courses taught through remote synchronous instruction include in real-time faculty-to-student and student-to-student interaction.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies

The online bachelor’s degree (120 credits) provides an in-depth learning experience essential to the paralegal profession, including classes in civil and criminal theory, legal writing, research skills, and procedure. Compared to the associate’s program, the legal studies bachelor’s degree offers advanced paralegal training, additional elective slots, and the opportunity to build a foundation in the humanities through general education requirements.

Upon completion, you earn both a bachelor of science (BS) degree and a paralegal certificate of completion. By consulting with your advisor in choosing legal electives, you can also specialize your paralegal studies certificate of completion, at no additional cost, in one of the following concentrations:

Explore the bachelor's degree credit breakdown and sequence of courses to learn more about our legal studies major. View the upcoming course schedule.

Online Associate’s Degree in Legal Studies

The legal studies associate’s degree (60 credits) focuses on research and writing, the mechanics of the civil litigation process, and various specialized areas such as probate, litigation, real estate, and technology. While working toward your associate of science degree, you can also choose to earn a paralegal studies certificate of completion at no additional cost. After graduation, you may continue your studies to complete a bachelor’s degree in legal studies — credits transfer appropriately.

Explore the associate's degree credit breakdown and sequence of legal studies courses.

What can you do with a legal studies degree?

An online legal studies degree prepares students to become paralegals, legal assistants, court interpreters, and other legal support roles. Specifically, legal studies coursework prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney by building the hands-on skills needed to manage legal documents and generally support casework.

Our curriculum incorporates the option to earn a paralegal certificate so students graduate fully equipped to join this in-demand profession. The skills offered in our online legal studies degree programs could also be the foundation for a Juris Doctor degree or additional legal training.

Transfer Students

Students who have already achieved college credits elsewhere may apply to complete their legal studies degree at Delaware Law as a transfer student. Our advisors work with transfer students to help them understand the transfer process, providing individualized attention. Learn more about the transfer process.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Review Delaware Law School’s cost of attendance for current tuition rates and other fees and expenses. We strive to make our online legal studies programs accessible with financial aid for qualified students.

Contact our financial aid team at 302.477.2272 or [email protected] if you have questions or need assistance throughout the financial aid process.

Learn More About Delaware Law School’s Legal Studies Degrees

Widener University’s Delaware Law School offers 100% online legal studies degrees for students interested in an associate’s or bachelor’s credential. These skills-focused legal studies programs prepare students to become adept paralegals or legal assistants who can assist attorneys and contribute to a law firm’s administrative needs.

Begin your paralegal journey by requesting information about the program or by starting your application.