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M State's online Paralegal program prepares students with the critical thinking, writing and legal research skills needed to succeed in a broad array of law-related positions. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney in many areas of the legal system, including law firms, government agencies, court administration and corporate law.

The 60-credit AAS degree includes training in legal research and writing, civil law, criminal law, wills and property law and legal ethics. Students also learn to analyze procedural and substantive legal problems and to manage caseloads.

In 2015, the college planning site recognized M State's online Paralegal degree program as one of its top programs of the year, describing it as a "quality online program for working professionals who seek more flexibility than can be found on campus," and the Online Paralegal Degree Center named it No. 28 on the center's list of the 50 most affordable online paralegal degree programs.

For 2016, the program is No. 7 on the national list of the top 25 online associate degree paralegal programs compiled by


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Analysis of basic accounting principles
  • Evaluation of computer technology
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Critical thinking and complex legal reasoning
  • Understanding of the American legal system
  • Knowledge of substantive and procedural law
  • Legal writing skills
  • Ethical and social responsibility

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Why M State

  • M State is an exceptional educational value
  • Online Paralegal courses offers flexibility for students with family and job responsibilities
  • Paralegal program emphasizes valuable critical thinking skills
  • Virtual meetings offer connections between Paralegal instructor and students
  • Articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead allows seamless transfer into a four-year Paralegal degree program


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Paralegal Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Online

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Meet the faculty

Pam Cummings

Paralegal Faculty
Detroit Lakes, Online
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Required Paralegal courses

  • Introduction to Paralegal
  • Legal Research and Writing I and II
  • Civil Law for Paralegals
  • Criminal Law for Paralegals
  • Wills, Trusts and Probate
  • Legal Ethics for the Paralegal
  • Real Property
  • Family Law

Last modified: July 1st, 2015 at 11:26am