The Paralegal Studies program is designed to prepare students for work in the legal environment as either professional paralegals or legal assistants. Students receive training in all aspects of the legal system including the court system, legal research, client interviews, legal briefs, and court procedures. Employment preparation for career opportunities with private attorneys, local court jurisdictions, corporate law offices, and self-employment as an independent paralegal.
"You must recognize the important role you play in the law office or independent certified paralegal role. None of your assignments will be glamorous, but your efforts are essential to the legal process."
—Charles E. Quinlan, Paralegal
Most paralegals and legal assistants have an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants
*Requires continuing education