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Paralegal Studies


A two-year program offering day and evening classes, it's designed to prepare a student for employment as a legal assistant or paralegal.

Join experienced and award-winning faculty for live classes that you can take on campus or from home or work, during the day, evening, or weekend. Classes prepare students for employment as a paralegal or legal assistant, in the legal field, or in occupations requiring or benefitting from legal expertise. 

Rose State’s paralegal program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1976, making it Oklahoma’s oldest ABA-approved program.  It has been voted the best paralegal program in Oklahoma by readers of the Oklahoma Journal Record. Alumni work in law firms of all types and sizes, business, and local, county, and state governments. 

Program classes are offered in the daytime, evening, and weekend. All classes are synchronous flex, allowing the student to attend in-person or anywhere they have access to a smartphone and reliable internet connection. 

Program graduates receive an Associate’s in Applied Science in paralegal studies.  Rose State has articulation agreements with the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, East Central University, and National University, allowing students to seamlessly transition to bachelor’s degree programs in Criminal Justice, Organizational Leadership, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, and Paralegal Studies.  

Program graduates are also entitled to test for the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Certified Paralegal designation.  A paralegal is an individual who is educated and trained to assist a practicing attorney. Paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform a wide variety of duties and tasks which are professional in nature, distinct from routine clerical tasks.  A paralegal’s relationship to an attorney is similar to a registered nurse’s relationship to a doctor.   

ALL legal services performed by a paralegal must be supervised by an attorney. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Entrance to the paralegal program is by admission only. 

Application Form

Paralegal Studies Program Admission Form (PDF)


Paralegal Studies AAS Degree Sheet 2023-24 (PDF)

Program Director

Brandon Burris
Brandon Burris
Director, Paralegal Studies Program Business Information Technology Division
(405) 733-7460

Discipline Professor

Margaret Kerr
Margaret Kerr
Professor, Paralegal Studies Business Information Technology Division
(405) 733-7335

Academic Advisor

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson
Academic Advisor Business Information Technology Division
(405) 736-0348

Adjunct Professors

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