Program Overview

Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota offers an online degree in Paralegal Studies. The innovative online format allows working students the opportunity to earn a useful degree while still fulfilling current career and family obligations. The online program is comprised of the same courses as the traditional classroom, with courses to be taught through a virtual venue. 

The Paralegal Studies program is designed for students interested in becoming non-lawyer legal professionals. A paralegal, also called a legal assistant is, in the words of the American Bar Association, a person “who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work, for which a lawyer is responsible.” With that responsibility, many legal offices prefer applicants who have completed a formal training program like the degree in Paralegal Studies.  Lawyers work closely with paralegals in a variety of legal settings, in businesses and corporations, financial institutions, title and escrow companies, and government institutions. Paralegals can also qualify for other positions as trust officers, title examiners, contract clerks, legal investigators, and law firm administrators. The myriad of responsibilities that paralegals perform include: Conducting legal investigations, legal research, drafting documents, interviewing clients and witnesses, summarizing data and managing cases.

Due to the legal limitations of Paralegals, each student should understand the specific duties that are legally allowed within the state regulations. Specific tasks depend on the level of training, education, and experience of the paralegal, a paralegal may not give legal advice or otherwise engage in the unauthorized practice of law.

The 30 credit hour online Associate in Applied Science degree offers students the flexibility of a liberal arts degree in addition to the core legal studies courses of the Paralegal program. The online format allows students to earn a valuable degree for career advancement on an independent schedule.  Graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment as paralegals or use the degree as a foundation for future educational goals at a four-year institution. The degree program has a significantly less expansive focus than the Associates degree programs, and will serve as a career enhancement foundation or a platform for aspirations towards the Associates of Science or Associates of Applied Science degree options.

Graduates will enter the legal environment with a solid understanding of legal terminology, the American legal system, and state and federal court rules and procedures.  Paralegals present themselves as, well educated and highly trained professionals, who ethically analyze information for lawyers and clients.

They demonstrate the culmination of the paralegal curriculum in areas like: constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, family law, bankruptcy law, property law, torts, personal injury law, wills and probate, victim advocacy and dispute resolution.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    Lake Superior College is a two-year public school located in Duluth, Minnesota. The school was created in 1995 when the Duluth Technical College and Duluth Community College merged into one school. Both campuses moved to the new location of Lake Superior College in 1996 and began facility expansion.

    Lake Superior College offers pre-baccalaureate majors for students interested in transferring to four-year educational institutions as well as certificate, diploma and degree programs in career/technical fields. Most classes offered are in traditional classroom format but over 150 courses are offered in online format. Several programs are offered completely online.


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