The Paralegal Studies program educates and trains paralegals to work under the supervision of attorneys in a variety of settings including: law firms, insurance companies, government agencies, title companies, banks, and corporations.
The Student Learning Outcomes for this program are:
- Students function effectively in an office/court environment.
- Students demonstrate the requisite written skills to communicate effectively in the legal community.
- Students effectively draft various legal pleadings and transaction documents.
- Students demonstrate the ability to use appropriate technology in performing legal research.
- Students demonstrate critical reasoning skills by analyzing laws and legal opinions.
- Students identify ethical issues that occur in the legal environment.
- Career and Technical Certificate, Paralegal Skills
- Certificate of Technical Studies, Paralegal Studies
- Associate of Arts, Paralegal Studies
Paralegals are trained in legal research and a range of aspects of law and order to support lawyers in their daily work.
Conducting research and investigations; helping to prepare cases; drafting legal documents; interviewing and preparing witnesses and clients for depositions and court appearances; and, performing other, administrative duties in law offices are some of the daily tasks paralegals perform.
The Certificate of Technical Studies in Paralegal Studies provides intensive training so that graduates enter the job market as paralegals. All courses in the certificate program apply to the Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.