The body of knowledge required to effectively perform legal support services can only come from a formal education in paralegal studies. As attorneys, corporations and government agencies work within an increasingly complex legal framework, the level of responsibility they expect paralegals to be able to take on has also increased. Law offices and other employers in South Dakota have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.
You’ve spent countless hours envisioning yourself working alongside the brightest legal minds, interviewing crucial witnesses, gathering explosive evidence, and sorting through sensitive data in preparation for major trials. But wait, aren’t you forgetting something? Ah yes, first you’ll need to get yourself into the best paralegal program in South Dakota. Finding the right school will ensure that when you’re being considered for a job, no one will have room to doubt that you’re an indispensable asset.
In South Dakota, there aren’t too many schools that check every critical box when it comes to paralegal education, but the good news is there are plenty of online options that do.
Forget the usual hum-drum instruction techniques, today’s online schools get students amped to learn by offering a dynamic delivery format and curriculum options with focus areas in specific legal specializations.
National American University
BS-Professional Legal Studies—Campus
AAS-Professional Legal Studies—Campus
- ABA-Approval: Yes
- Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission
National American University is a 4-year private, for-profit university that offers undergraduate degree programs in paralegal studies and professional legal studies at its Rapid City and Sioux Falls campus locations.
The school’s BS in paralegal studies option includes 180.5 credits, while its AAS in paralegal studies option is made up of 90.5 credits. We are impressed by the school’s determination to keep the paralegal curriculum both flexible and accessible. The majority of the legal specialty courses are accessible on-campus, online, and through live feed formats. Paralegal internships are also embedded into both the BS and AAS programs.
Students in the AAS in paralegal studies will be delighted that all earned credits are applicable to the BS program, and when transferring in these credits, the BS can be completed in just six quarters.
The school’s BS in professional legal studies option is made up of 180 credits, while its AAS in professional legal studies option consists of 90.5 credits. To align with students’ career ambitions, both programs offer the option to focus coursework on: human resources management, entrepreneurial, management, and supply chain management. Internships within each desired area of focus are an additional bonus found in both programs.