Paralegals - also called legal assistants - are a part of an exciting field that gives opportunities for non-lawyers to perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. They assume a growing range of tasks in legal offices that can include:
- preparing for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings.
- investigating the facts of cases.
- identifying appropriate laws, judicial decisions and legal articles.
- preparing written reports for attorneys.
- helping prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court.
- obtaining affidavits.
- organizing and tracking files of case documents.
- drafting contracts, mortgages and separation agreements.
- assisting in preparing tax returns, establishing trust funds and planning estates.
- searching legal literature stored in computer databases and on CD-ROM.
In our well-established program, you'll get a combination of a broad knowledge of substantive and procedural law and the specific skills required to be a productive member of today's legal team. You'll learn legal research, legal writing and ethics. The program finishes with an internship class where you'll spend a semester actually working in the legal environment under the direct supervision of a lawyer.
Accreditation: American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).