Roger Williams University offers an Associate of Science, a Bachelor of Science and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies as well as a Certificate in Nurse Paralegal.
The Paralegal Studies program is a practice-oriented course of study designed to prepare students as paralegals to undertake highly responsible positions in the United States legal system. Students receive education in many different facets of law, including the use of computers, legal databases and alternative dispute resolution. In 1998, the Paralegal Studies program was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Some courses are available via distance education, but in accordance with ABA requirements, a minimum of 10 semester credits of legal specialty courses must be taken in a traditional classroom setting (face-to-face). Paralegals are prohibited from the practice of law except when allowed by law or court rule.