Business and Professional/Public Service
Why Study Paralegal Studies?
The Paralegal Studies program will prepare students for careers in the legal industry, working under the supervision of attorneys. Students will obtain the legal knowledge, technical and communication skills necessary to be successful as paralegals.
The certificate is for students who already have an associate’s degree or higher.
The U.S. Department of Labor website states that employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, and the paralegal field is regularly ranked as one of the fastest growing in the nation. Paralegals work in many different areas of law, including: litigation, family law, real estate, criminal law, corporations and partnerships, bankruptcy, environmental law and intellectual property, among others.
- Legal Research & Writing
- Civil Litigation
- Contract Law & Litigation
- Real Estate Practice
- Tort Law
- Advanced Legal Research
The program, which is approved by the American Bar Association, provides a dynamic and academically challenging course of study. Students will develop a critical understanding of the law in preparation for a career in the legal profession.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate up-to-date skills in law office technology, including using practice specific applications, electronic filing, and appropriate word-processing software
- Apply principles of computerized and manual legal researching, and master the skills of legal writing
- Apply strong written and oral communication skills
- Produce various legal documents, such as motions, discovery papers, pleadings, forms, as well as practice specific documents such as real estate contracts, wills, among others
- Identify and use the principles of legal ethics and professional responsibility
- Demonstrate knowledge of their profession, with insight as to the ever-changing role of the paralegal, licensing and certification issues, employment trends and options, paralegal networking organizations and professional development
- Apply substantive knowledge of the law in the following areas: the court systems, jurisdiction, civil and criminal procedure, contracts, torts, wills and estates, real estate, family and matrimonial law
- Employ effective people skills to promote positive client relationships, conduct client and witness interviews, and network within the paralegal community