Program Code: 10-110-1
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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 66 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Paralegals work under the supervision of a lawyer. The paralegal provides assistance by drafting and preparing legal documents; researching the law; selecting, compiling and using technical legal information; assistance with preparation for trials; and interviewing clients as needed. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law. A mastery of the English language, client service, and the ability to understand and interpret information, as well as strong attention to detail, are essential to the profession. The paralegal is a vital member of the legal team.
The Paralegal program is designed in a flexible format to allow working adults to take evening classes that provide the educational experiences necessary to become an assistant to a lawyer in the practice of law. Students will be taught by industry professionals who teach the procedures and the laws that are needed to function effectively in a law office or a related legal field. The Paralegal program is designed to provide the educational experiences necessary to become an assistant to a lawyer in the practice of law. Students will learn the procedures and the laws that are needed to function effectively in a law office or a related legal field.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
Program Offered at These Locations
Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive
Helpful High School Courses
- Describe law office systems and organization.
- Describe state and federal court systems.
- Identify roles and responsibilities of lawyers and paralegals.
- Compare civil, criminal, and administrative procedures.
- Use legal terminology.
- Conduct client interviews.
- Conduct investigations.
- Organize facts and evidence.
- Prepare legal documents.
- Conduct legal and factual research.
- Use correct citation form.
- Comply with rules regarding unauthorized practice of law and professional responsibility.
Courses in English (grammar and composition), computer applications and accounting are very helpful. In addition, students should have mastered basic math skills.
For additional information, call or e-mail Scott Borley at (920) 996-2983.