The Paralegal Studies Program trains students to be able to perform a variety of legal tasks in law firms, corporate legal departments, legal services corporations, state government offices, title companies, and federal and state courts.
The College is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. Students can earn the Associate in Applied Science. For students who already have a college degree – Associate’s, Bachelor’s or higher – please visit the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Use the law library, including encyclopedias, reporter systems, digests and practice manuals; utilize computer-assisted research including Westlaw, Lexis, and Internet databases.
- Apply rules governing courts and basic ligation procedures, including telephone technique, client interviews, complaints, interrogatories, motions and correspondence.
- Complete forms and filing procedures relevant to legal proceedings and use different legal software packages.
- Complete forms and filling procedures in real and personal property transactions, including the real estate settlement procedures act.
- Demonstrate ethical/professional responsibility in the performance of professional duties in a legal setting.
Students must demonstrate Algebra I competency before taking courses in the major. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completing the appropriate class.