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Paralegal Program Code 101101

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

A Legal Assistant or Paralegal is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who performs specifically designated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law. Paralegals perform work under the supervision of a lawyer in a variety of settings. A graduate may be employed by a private law firm; insurance company, corporation, bank, private business; legal clinic; agency of the federal, state, or local government; legal service or legal aid office; law departments; special interest group or association; criminal law office; service company or consulting firm.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Law Office Administrator
. Law Office Manager
. Paralegal Supervisor
. Paralegal Instructor
. Corporate Compliance Officer
. Regulatory Specialist
. Research Analyst

Credentials

The Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is also a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
American Bar Association
541 North Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 988-5617

Program Outcomes

. Communicate effectively orally and in writing within the context of a legal environment.
. Work collaboratively while demonstrating professionalism, individual initiative and responsibility.
. Apply ethical principles and critical thinking skills to solve problems in a legal environment.
. Effectively organize legal information.
. Conduct accurate, effective and efficient legal research using both traditional and computerized research techniques.
. Generate work product in various fields of law, using computer software applications typical in a modern legal environment.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
. Ability to use Windows and Microsoft Word proficiently.
. Successful completion of reading and language assessment prior to admission.
. Students should have mastered basic math skills. For a description of basic math, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.
. Remediation will be strongly recommended for those students not meeting the program benchmarks.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 55: Sentence Skills, 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

A Special Note to Learners Holding a Bachelor's Degree

Learners holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution have the option of pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Paralegal. For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-6982.

A Special Note to Those Learners Taking Online Courses

The ABA requires each learner to take a minimum of four legal specialty courses in a live, synchronous “real time” format.

* NWTC requires you to take Civil Litigation 1 (10-110-102) and Civil Litigation 2 (10-110-103), and two other legal specialty courses of your choice, from NWTC in a live, synchronous, "real time" format. NWTC has designated the following courses as legal specialty courses:

Required Legal Specialty Courses
*10-110-102 Civil Litigation 1
*10-110-103 Civil Litigation 2
10-110-104 Legal Research
10-110-105 Legal Writing
10-110-107 Legal Aspects/Business Org.

Curriculum

The Paralegal Associate Degree is offered in the day and in the evening. Students following the study plan below will complete the Paralegal Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

+ 10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics
3
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
10-809-103 Think Critically & Creatively
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

10-101-106 Accounting-for Non-Accountants
3
10-102-100 Bus and Info Tech Occup Prep
1
10-110-102 Civil Litigation 1
3
10-110-104 Legal Research
3
10-110-110 Real Estate Law
3
(or ** choice below)
10-110-175 Legal Computer Applications
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

10-110-103 Civil Litigation 2
3
10-110-106 Law-Family
3
(or ** choice below)
10-110-107 Legal Aspects/Business Org
3
10-110-114 Estates and Probate
3
(or **choice below)
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
 OR
 
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
Elective
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-110-105 Legal Writing
3
10-110-160 Law-Employment
3
(or ** choice below)
10-110-199 Paralegal Internship Practicum
2
 OR
 
10-110-197 Paralegal Field Research
2
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-195 Economics
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
17

TOTAL CREDITS
67

Curriculum Note
+ A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in 10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics in order to proceed with core Paralegal courses (those numbered 10-110-XXX).
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirement.
** Students must take 4 of 8 legal specialty courses below:
10-110-106 Family Law is only offered in the Fall
10-110-110 Real Estate Law is only offered in the Spring
10-110-114 Estates and Probate is only offered in the Fall
10-110-115 Administrative Law is only offered in the Fall
10-110-122 Creditor/Debtor Relations is only offered in the Spring
10-110-160 Employment Law is only offered in the Fall
10-110-162 International Law and Immigration is only offered in the Spring
10-110-165 Contracts & Insurance Law is only offered in the Spring
10-110-168 Paralegal Criminal Procedures is only offered in the Spring
10-110-169 Indian Law is only offered in the Fall
Suggested Elective: 10-110-200, Comparative Law (If taken as preparation for a Business & Information Technology study abroad offering, the elective requirement will be met.)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-101-106 ACCOUNTING-FOR NON-ACCOUNTANTS ...teaching non-accountants to read, analyze, and interpret financial information for making informed business decisions. This class de-emphasizes the use of debits, credits, journal entries and other accounting procedures.

10-102-100 BUS AND INFO TECH OCCUP PREP ...career exploration, self- exploration, career planning, career placement, job seeking skills. This course should not be taken before the 3rd semester or completing at least half of the core program courses.

10-110-101 PARALEGAL INTRO/LEGAL ETHICS ...introduction to the legal profession: ethics, court system, legal research, and roles of the paralegal.

10-110-102 CIVIL LITIGATION 1 ...civil procedure in state and federal courts, the litigation process with emphasis on the paralegal function in investigating and gathering information, and preparing pleadings and motions. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-103 CIVIL LITIGATION 2 ...civil litigation including discovery, settlement, trial, and appellate procedure. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; 10-110-102, Civil Litigation 1)

10-110-104 LEGAL RESEARCH ...research terminology; sources of law; primary/secondary authority; mandatory/persuasive authority; citation form; factual/legal issues; effective research strategies; validating and updating results; computer-assisted legal research; Internet research. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-105 LEGAL WRITING ...process writing; writing fundamentals; proofreading; in-house documents; legal correspondence; analytical writing; synthesizing cases/authorities; briefing cases; legal memoranda; persuasive writing; drafting pleadings, motions, legal briefs; drafting discovery documents. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; 10-110-104, Legal Research)

10-110-106 LAW-FAMILY ...this course is designed to familiarize the student with basic legal concepts involved in the area of family relations. The primary emphasis will be in the field of divorce. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-107 LEGAL ASPECTS/BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS ...formation, operation, and dissolution of types of business organizations, and substantive and procedural law involving business organizations. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-110 REAL ESTATE LAW ...law of real property, forms of ownership, land description methods, public and private encumbrances, real estate contracts, deeds, financing sources, title evidence, and the closing process. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-114 ESTATES AND PROBATE ...property classification; property ownership; succession; wills: modification, revocation, drafting, execution; client contact; probate courts; trust classification; estate planning; ethics; personal representatives; formal probate; summary proceedings; informal probate. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-115 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ...the paralegal's role in preparation and representation of cases before administrative agencies, structure and authority of administrative agencies, procedures, and substantive state and federal administrative law. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-122 CREDITOR/DEBTOR RELATIONS ...legal rights of creditors and debtors, collection of outstanding debts, execution of judgments, small claims court, bankruptcy procedures, and filing bankruptcy petitions and schedules. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-160 LAW-EMPLOYMENT ...analyze federal and state laws governing employment relationships, job discrimination, sexual harassment, work place privacy, labor standards, and human resource management. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-162 INTERNATIONAL LAW & IMMIGRATION ...develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of international law and immigration including international organizations, treaties and courts; student and worker visas; citizenship, residency and removal; and legal systems throughout the world. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-165 CONTRACTS AND INSURANCE LAW ...explore contract formation, breach of contract, defenses to contract, parol evidence rule, statue of frauds, and warranties. Examine insurance law including insurable interests, insurer's duty to defend, subrogation, and bad faith claims. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-168 PARALEGAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURES ...substantive and procedural criminal law, the role of paralegals in both the prosecution and defense of criminal actions, emphasis on investigations and preparation of legal documents. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-169 INDIAN LAW ...Wisconsin Indians, tribal sovereignty, federal/Indian relations, tribal governments, tribal courts, treaty making, removal/reservation life, assimilation, reorganization, termination, self-determination, gaming, and other contemporary issues. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-175 LEGAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ...legal applications and ethics relating to: PC hardware, software, technology; Microsoft Office Suite; calendaring, timekeeping/billing, and case management software; Internet/e-mail; e-filing and the electronic courthouse; e-discovery; presentation/trial graphics. (Corequisite 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-197 PARALEGAL FIELD RESEARCH ...alternative to employment approved by the instructor with related projects and discussion. May include in-depth study of an industry, business, career, or job shadowing. (Prerequisites: 10-102-100, Bus & Info Tech Occup Prep; 10-801-136, English Composition I; 10-804-107, College Mathematics)

10-110-199 PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP PRACTICUM ...practical, hands-on experience applying skills developed in the program at an approved site with supervision by an employer and the instructor with related projects and discussion. (Prerequisites: 10-102-100, Bus & Info Tech Occup Prep; 10-801-136, English Composition I; 10-804-107, College Mathematics)

10-809-103 THINKING CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY ...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent)

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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