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 this 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 Associate degree in Paralegal Studies to train students in the necessary skills and knowledge to learn the foundations of paralegal studies. Students will be required to develop their writing and research skills necessary to become successful paralegals. The program from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is recognized by the American Bar Association for producing professionals recognized as competent paralegals in the view of career opportunities. The Associate program is intended to form the basis of further education and accreditation necessary to become productive members of a legal community.
Students will be required to begin their general education curriculum with classes in English literature, English language, mathematics, communications, natural sciences, history, and general electives to become well-rounded students and inpiduals.
While completing those studies, students will also focus on a specific curriculum path with classes in legal research, computers in law, commercial transactions, law, ethics, and society, legal research and writing, professional introduction, 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, topics in paralegal studies, criminal law, corporate law and legal entities, crime scene investigation, and law office administration.
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