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Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies Quick Facts 

Transfer your associate degree to WKU and you could finish your bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies in 2 years.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and is designed to be completed in eight semesters/four years of full-time enrollment. No minor is required.


WKU Paralegal Studies courses are offered in a variety of delivery formats that cater to your needs. Courses are offered face-to-face in Bowling Green and at WKU in Elizabethtown, WKU in Glasgow and WKU in Owensboro. We also offer courses online, as interactive television courses (IVS), and as hybrid courses (a mix of face-to-face and online).

Paralegals, also called legal assistants, work in a wide range of professional settings and are an integral part of the legal team. Under the direct supervision of attorneys, paralegals perform legal research, legal writing, litigation management & support, and legal technology support.

Graduates of WKU's Paralegal Studies degree programs are qualified to work in the following areas:

  • Private Law Practice

  • Corporate Legal Departments

  • Court Services

  • Government and Political Offices

  • Title Companies

  • Banks and Mortgage Companies

  • Insurance Companies

  • Property Management Companies

  • Non-profit Organizations

  • Higher Education Institutions

  • Legal Technology Support

  • Human Resources Offices

  • Law Enforcement/Corrections

  • Property Appraisal Companies

  • Litigation Consulting Firms

  • Risk Management Firms

  • Employment/Career Services

  • Real Estate Sales Companies

Quick Facts:

  • 2017 Median Pay: $50,410 per year / $24.24 per hour

  • Number of Jobs Openings in 2016: 285,600

  • To create, implement and maintain a strong, flexible program directed to the quality education of competent paralegals;

  • To provide a paralegal education program that leads to employment of its graduates in a variety of settings;

  • To provide paralegals with a well-rounded, balanced education founded on a beneficial mix of general education, theory, ethics and procedure stressing understanding and reasoning rather than rote learning of facts;

  • To support federal, Kentucky and local Rules of Procedure and general principles of ethical legal practice, professional responsibility, the prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers and the use and supervision of paralegals by lawyers;

  • To provide education and to develop skills that are responsive to the varied needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region and contributes to the overall advancement of the legal profession;

  • To provide a program which instills respect for the legal profession and its foundation, institutions, and quest for justice; and

  • To maintain equality of opportunity in the educational program without discrimination or segregation of the grounds of race, color, natural origin, gender, age, disability or economic need.





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 Last Modified 12/5/18