The goal of the Paralegal Studies program is to educate, train and prepare students for a paralegal career. Our curriculum is carefully developed and emphasizes practical skills and knowledge in both substantive and procedural law that is designed to enhance the student's ability to succeed in the legal profession. During the semester-long internship, students will bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world legal experience while gaining work-related references and networking opportunities to enhance marketability as a legal professional.
Paralegals work under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Paralegal duties may include legal research; drafting of memoranda, legal forms, and correspondence; client interviews, case investigation and witness interviews; case and practice management; as well as participation in trials. Paralegals work in traditional private law firms, agencies of the state and national government, offices for criminal prosecution and criminal defense, and the legal departments of corporations involved in banking, insurance, real estate, and technology.
The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Graduates of this program are eligible to become certified through successful completion of the certification examination from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
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