Program Description: The Paralegal Studies program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in the paralegal profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The knowledge and skills emphasized in this program include ethical obligations; research state and federal law; legal correspondence preparation; family law matters; basic concepts of real property law, criminal law and procedure, civil litigation, tort law, and substantive contract law; and wills, trusts, and probate. The program of study emphasizes opportunities that provide students with specialized legal knowledge and skills required to aid lawyers in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree. High school graduation or GED is required for admission into this program.
Employment Opportunities: Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Program can find employment opportunities in corporate legal departments, government agencies, and law firms specializing in areas of law such as real property law; criminal law; civil litigation; tort law; contract law; and probate law. Independent contracting opportunities with legal entities are also pursued by graduates. Students learn the skills necessary to aid in the delivery of legal services.