Program Overview

Alexandria Technical and Community College currently offers an online Associate in Applied Science degree in Paralegal.  This program will prepare students for employment in law offices and departments as a paralegal professional.  Students will develop skills in basic administration as well as law aspects and procedures often handled by paralegals.

This course requires 72 credit hours and can be completed within four semesters plus a summer internship.  The first semester includes courses on keyboarding and word processing as well as introduction courses in law.  During the second semester students will take courses such as civil litigation and constitutional democracy and government.  Semester three consists of courses in accounting, advanced computer applications, estates, and legal research for paralegals.  The fourth semester consists of classes in psychology and debtor/creditor property.   Finally, students must complete an internship during the fifth semester to complete their degree.  Students must also select a technical elective through the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

A Paralegal is a paraprofessional who assists lawyers in their legal work.  This person is someone trained in legal matters who carries out certain jobs that require specific knowledge of the law and procedures.  They often handle most of the paperwork in areas such as bankruptcies, investigations, divorce actions, and interrogatories.  Unlicensed paralegals must be supervised by a lawyer and cannot practice law.  Licensed paralegals often work in a specific area of practice and represent clients in matters such as immigration, labor law, small claims court, provincial offenses, and other criminal areas.  Paralegals are not permitted to represent clients in family court or wills and estates but can be licensed to take swearing oaths.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System

    Requirements

    Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

    School Overview

    Alexandria Technical and Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Alexandria, Minnesota, and gives students the opportunity to pursue more than 50 programs of study. Students can complete programs ranging from Associate’s degrees in Business and Accounting to furthering skill sets in Mechatronics and Design & Engineering Technology. Additionally, students can enroll in Associate’s degree programs targeting General Education or follow more specific career paths.

    Alexandria Technical and Community College understands that busy lifestyles and nontraditional students require greater flexibility. Therefore, online opportunities provide a solution. Online coursework retains high academic standards. Students have access to individualized attention through personal advocates and the college also provides ongoing technical support. An online self-assessment allows students to test readiness for online learning.

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