University Studies

AS in Paralegal Studies

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies is designed for the student entering college for the first time or entering with fewer than 60 academic credits. This is an online program, one of the first of its kind in the country.

About the Program

Paralegal Student

This online program will allow students to utilize their education and skills in a variety of legal settings. Paralegals are an important part of the legal team. They conduct legal research, draft articles of incorporation, draft wills, interview clients – to name a few tasks. They keep abreast of legal trends, and updates in the law. The paralegal field is a fast-growing industry that extends beyond the law firm into banks, real estate, insurance companies, non-profits, and more.

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Degree Requirements

The associate's program requires completion of a total of 60 credits online:

  • 31 credits in general education
  • 25 credits in Paralegal Studies
  • remaining credits are elective courses

The curriculum assures that our students become acquainted with many fields of study, with a focus on a wide range of legal specialty courses necessary for a career as a paralegal.

Prior college credits may be transferred into the AS degree. Graduates frequently continue to complete the bachelor's degree.

We encourage you to explore the course catalog.

Admission Requirements


Prospective AS students with 30 or more transferable credits from other colleges must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Additionally, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be sent directly to the Admission Office. 

Prospective AS students with fewer than 30 transferable credits from other colleges will be considered for admission based upon:

  • transferable credits from other colleges with a minimum GPA of 2.0,
  • high school transcripts or GED scores,
  • professional work experience and/or desire to pursue paralegal education, and
  • official transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be sent directly to the Admission Office.

How to Apply for Admission

  1. Arrange a personal interview with Sharron Dillon, Esq., Program Manager, Paralegal Studies Program at 860.768.5468 or so we can better assess your educational goals, better assist you with a preliminary academic development plan, and provide personal assistance with the application process. If you have college transcripts, bring them for an initial evaluation of your transfer credits – and any questions you want to ask us!
  2. Begin the Part-Time/Adult Undergraduate Application.
  3. Arrange to have your official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges, or your high school transcripts or GED scores if you have fewer than 30 potentially transferable credits from other colleges, sent directly to the Admission Office. 

Please note: High School transcripts are required for review purposes if a student has less than 30 credits from another institution when applying to UHart.  High School transcripts are required for financial aid purposes for students who have less than 60 credits transferring into their program of study at UHart. 

The Paralegal Studies program at University of Hartford is an excellent option for anyone looking to further their career in the legal field. All the faculty, especially Sharron Dillon and Regina Graziani, do everything they can to ensure that their students succeed. Even after graduating, I still get emails from Sharron and Regina, including job opportunities and tips to help me in my career as a paralegal. I would not be in my current position without this program.

Andrea Golino, Paralegal Studies Graduate

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