Court of Law

Court of Law

Fall 2020

| By: Britten, Casey

Paralegal degree provides fast track to a dynamic and growing career field.

In TV courtroom dramas the lawyers get all the good parts, but the paralegals are the behind-the-scenes stars. 

At Fox Valley Tech, the Paralegal associate degree program immerses students in legal information, teaches investigation, interviewing, research and legal analysis needed to support attorneys. A critical part of the degree is an internship with regional professionals; Appleton paralegal Molly Steiner is a graduate of that process. Steiner, a 2017 graduate of the Paralegal program, works at Peterson, Berk & Cross where she also completed her internship. 

“This program offers small class sizes even when a class is being conducted online,” Steiner says. “Students can collaborate with one another and get more one-on-one with instructors as needed.” She adds that this level of personal instruction is not likely to happen even when pursuing a full legal degree.  

The program is also available to complete 100% online, and is one of the fastest growing professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

100% grad employment with an average annual salary of $44,000+ 6 months after graduating

Source: Paralegal program data, 2019 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Report