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Proactive and methodical? Welcome to Paralegal Studies.

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Refine your research and problem-solving skills for a rewarding legal career.

Our competitive Paralegal area of study offers a comprehensive curriculum coupled with internships and real-world projects. Receive skills-based training in case management and legal research from instructors experienced in the legal field. You’ll also learn how to analyze and summarize data to assist attorneys in preparation for hearings, corporate meetings and other legal functions. Upon completion, you’ll have a network of connections from the Utah State Bar and Utah Paralegal Association, launching your career as a legal professional.

Ensign College offers 3 degree options for Paralegal Studies: 1) AAS degree (non-transferable*); 2) Certificate combined with general education courses into a transferable AS degree; or 3) Stand-alone certificate. Each option equips you with the valuable skills employers want, so you can get to work right away (and continue your education while you get paid!)

You’ll also leave here with the skills to communicate effectively, articulate your career preparation confidently and collaborate with others meaningfully. And in all things, we’ll help you work toward becoming a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ. So whatever you do, you’ll be prepared to be the best you possible.

Ensign College programs are designed to prepare students to be capable and trusted disciples with market-ready skills. The College programs are not designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation in Utah or in any state, country or territory.

*Individual courses may transfer on a case-by-case basis. Please work with your desired transfer institution to confirm which courses will be accepted as transfer courses.

Core Curriculum 20 credits 34 credits -
Program Core 40 credits 27 credits 27 credits
TOTAL 60 credits 61 credits 27 credits
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If your goal is to gain the skills to go right to work, an AAS degree in Paralegal Studies could be the right fit. This five semester degree provides you with the in-demand, hands-on skills to get a good-paying job in the legal field quickly.

The AAS degree is not designed to transfer, although many of the course credits may be accepted by other institutions. It’s designed to prepare you for an entry-level position in a specific field, with no further education required to succeed.


If your goal is to get a transferable, skills-based degree, you’re in the right place. You’ll graduate with the technical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills that employers look for, so you can secure a career and excel.

Interested in continuing your education after you graduate? No problem. Your regionally-accredited AS degree (+ Certificate) can be transferred to a 4-year institution.


Are you looking for the fastest option to gain marketable skills, so you can get a competitive job without a 2- or 4-year degree? Ensign College offers stand-alone certificates that can be completed in just 2 semesters. So you can get to work fast in the field of your choice, with the potential for further education later.


Have you laid out your course sequencing yet? It’s essential that you meet with your success advisor first thing to ensure that you stay on track. Accumulating too many credits will not only affect your eligibility for financial aid, but also your ability to transfer to another school. So don’t wait. Set yourself up for success by mapping out your required courses from the beginning.

You can reach your success advisor through the Student Success Center at or 801-524-8151.

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Kimberly Garner
Program Chair - Paralegal Studies
J.D., Law, University of Idaho, 2007
Before Kimberly became the Paralegal Studies Program Chair, she enjoyed her work as a paralegal and an associate attorney at Rasmussen and Miner for 15 years. She came to Ensign College in 2011 as an adjunct instructor and soon after became the Program Chair for Paralegal Studies and the Department Chair for Professional Services.
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