Paralegal Studies

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Paralegals (also known as "legal assistants") work under the supervision of an attorney and assist in the delivery of legal services.

Paralegals do substantive legal work the supervising attorney would otherwise do; however, the paralegal is not an attorney. A paralegal generally may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Paralegals perform such functions as:

  • Interviewing clients and witnesses
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Conducting legal research
  • Accompanying the attorney to court hearings

Paralegals must have excellent reading, writing and speaking skills, the ability to think logically, and the integrity to uphold the high ethical standards of the legal profession.

What Will I Learn?

The successful student will:

  • produce transactional and litigation documents of acceptable quality as determined using a grading rubric.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the court system organization and the litigation process.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical practice when given hypothetical scenarios.
What Can I Do with This Course of Study?
AAS: Paralegal Studies
BB1: Certificate of Completion — Basic Business
LS1: Certificate of Completion — Legal Support Staff
PA1: Certificate of Completion — Paralegal Studies
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