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Paralegal Studies

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security career cluster

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (60 semester credit hours)
  • Certificate: Advanced Technical (33 semester credit hours)
  • Full program is offered at: Northeast Campus

Summary

Our program trains you to become a paralegal.

However, our program does not qualify you to:

  • Take a Bar exam
  • Represent clients in court
  • Give legal advice

What do paralegals do?

Paralegals help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, real estate closings and client meetings. 

Paralegals may help an attorney in any of the following areas of service:

  • Civil litigation
  • Wills, trusts and probate
  • Tort litigation
  • Family law
  • Estate planning and taxation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Real estate law
  • Labor law
  • Criminal law
  • Corporate law

Program Options

Degree

Advanced Technical Certificate

Our Focus

The focus of the Paralegal Studies Program is to prepare students to become paralegals by providing practical knowledge of the law, the legal profession and the paralegal’s role.

Our Goals

As a student in our program, you will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the organization and structure of the American legal system
  • Perform legal and factual research using both traditional sources and computerized information resources
  • Draft legal documents
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, research and report on a variety of legal issues and situations
  • Demonstrate understanding of the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers and paralegals

 

Contact

Northeast Campus

Karen Silverberg, Professor and Coordinator Paralegal Studies
817-515-6277

Updated November 28, 2017