Train to become a paralegal through our legal studies program 

Associate of Science - Legal Studies (64 credits)

Pursue your path to studying law or train to be a paralegal through the only associate of science in legal studies in western Michigan. Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1994, Davenport University’s legal studies program is led by expert faculty with a range of experiences, from practicing attorneys who share current legal trends to those who have retired from law with decades of experience. Their varied backgrounds bring depth and diversity to the legal studies program and also provide you with internship and networking opportunities. 

Davenport understands students' schedules are hectic. To provide further flexibility within the legal studies program, we are transitioning to a fully online experience by offering 100% of courses in livestream format through our Global Campus. This allows you to stream and participate in classes from anywhere life takes you! And once you’ve completed your associate degree, you can easily continue studying law in Davenport’s bachelor of science in legal studies program — another ABA-approved paralegal program.

What are paralegals?

Under attorney supervision, paralegals prepare legal documents, interview clients and witnesses, summarize witness statements and much more. You can train to become a paralegal through Davenport’s ABA-approved paralegal program. Through internships and coursework, you’ll practice conducting investigations, do legal and factual research, draft documents and help prepare for and present at trials. By becoming a paralegal you’ll play an integral part of any legal team. 

Explore classes for Davenport's associate degree in legal studies

Through Davenport’s ABA-approved paralegal program, you'll take courses like business and legal ethics, litigation procedure, law office and case management technology and substantive practice areas of law. These courses combine legal theory with practical application in the real world. For example, you can gain experience while serving others by participating in the Davenport Estate Planning Services (DEPS) program, which provides free estate planning documents to underserved populations. 

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Benefit from a program with specialized IACBE accreditation
of Davenport grads are employed within six months of graduating

Why train to become a paralegal at Davenport?

By studying law at Davenport through our ABA-approved paralegal program, you’ll learn from legal studies faculty with years of experience in the field as well as from currently practicing attorneys and others who work in the legal field. They have the connections that can lead to internships and legal jobs for you. 

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Volunteer opportunities

Get involved in the student group Legal Assistants at DU and receive access to valuable information and volunteer opportunities. 


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Personal guidance

Receive personalized attention with experts in the legal field — your professors — thanks to our 18:1 student-teacher ratio. 


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Continue studying law

Build your skills in thinking logically and analytically so you’re prepared to pursue your bachelor’s in legal studies at Davenport. 


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Get right to work

Train to be a paralegal in a law office, government agency or other setting in just 2 years with our ABA-approved paralegal program. 


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Prime locations

Earn your degree in legal studies at our W.A. Lettinga and Lansing locations — and through our Global Campus starting in 2021. 


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IACBE accredited

Trust you’re receiving a quality degree with our International Accreditation Council for Business Education accreditation


Get started on becoming a paralegal

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your associate of science degree in legal studies.

Talk to an admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at

Apply now or request more information

Start on your path to studying law and landing legal jobs. Request more information or begin your application now.

Additional resources

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
View a full list of those programs and courses


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