Paralegals are trained to assist attorneys in all aspects of legal practice. They perform research, coordinate paperwork, review facts, draft legal documents, investigate cases, interview and prepare clients for court, file court papers and assist at hearings, mediations, and court proceedings. Paralegals find work in law firms, companies, government, and community service organizations. Paralegal responsibilities can involve long hours and hard work. Upon completing the program, students will be prepared to do specialized legal work for lawyers, law offices, corporations or government agencies.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies to train students to perform legal research and develop the writing and professional skills necessary to become a successful paralegal.
Upon completing the course, graduates will be able to prepare legal reports and documents such as wills, contracts, pleading and briefs, perform legal research, writing, and analysis, criminal law, family law, tort law, civil law, and bankruptcy law, estate planning, letter drafting and correspondence, interrogation questioning, preparing questions for interrogations. Students will be prepared for jobs as paralegals, legal assistance, or a law office manager.
Students will be required to take a curriculum specialized in law, communications, and other relevant studies. These courses include law, ethics, and society, legal research, computers in the law, computer transactions, legal research & writing, legal communication, interviewing and investigation, theories of liability, civil litigation, administrative law, family law, intellectual property, property law and applications, death and taxes, environmental law, women and the law, criminal law, corporate law and legal entities, crime scene investigation, law office administration.
In addition, students will be required to complete several internships and practicums as part of the program.
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