Legal Studies/Paralegal - Associate Degree
Paralegals perform work under the supervision of a lawyer in a variety of settings – a private law firm, insurance company, corporation, bank, private business, legal clinic, government agency, legal aid office, law department, special interest group, public defender’s office, prosecutor’s office, service company, or consulting firm. The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association and is also a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education. Paralegals are not authorized to provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Follow Your Path
All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
Law Office Administration, 611101
- Online: Per ABA requirements, at least 9 credits of the program's legal specialty courses must be taken in person or in a live online format (i.e., online courses that meet a specific times each week.
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
- Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at email@example.com or 920-498-5444.
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 Technical Diploma 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 135 hours (9 credits) of legal specialty courses in a live, synchronous “real time” format. In-Person and Online Live classroom hours count toward this requirement. Fully online, asychronous classroom hours do not count toward this requirement.
What will I learn?
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.
- Students must take 2 of 4 Selective Courses:
- 10110122 Creditor/Debtor Relations 3
- 10110115 Administrative Law 3
- 10110103 Civil Trial Advocacy 3
- 10110162 International Law & Immigration 3
- Curriculum Note: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in 10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics in order to enroll in any 10-110-xxx course for which 10-110-101 is designated as a prerequisite.
- The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.
- Apply ethical principles in a legal environment.
- Process legal documents.
- Perform legal research.
- Apply critical thinking skills to address legal issues.
- Demonstrate professionalism in a legal environment.
What careers are in my future?
Paralegals perform work under the supervision of a lawyer in a variety of settings. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law. A graduate may be employed by a private law firm, insurance company, corporation, bank, private business, legal clinic, government agency, legal aid office, law department, special interest group, public defender's office, prosecutor's office, service company, or consulting firm.
Employment opportunities with additional education
- Law Office Administrator
- Law Office Manager
- Paralegal Supervisor
- Paralegal Instructor
- Corporate Compliance Officer
- Regulatory Specialist
- Research Analyst
What's next after graduation?
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What else do I need to know about the program?
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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
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Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 988-5617
Study Abroad Opportunities
The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.
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