Legal Studies/Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate - Technical Diploma
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.
- 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.
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution (transcript to be submitted with enrollment form).
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-498-5444.
What are my courses?
The Paralegal Post Baccalaureate Technical Diploma is offered in the day and in the evening. Students following the study plan below will complete the Technical Diploma 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: The American Bar Association (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.
- + A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in 10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics in order to continue enrollment beyond the first term in any 10-110-xxx course for which 10-110-101 is designated as a co-requisite.
- 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.
- Synthesize various sources into a supportable legal conclusion.
- Demonstrate professionalism as a member of a legal team.
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 provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. A graduate may be employed by a private 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 else do I need to know about the program?
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
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.
Classes wherever you have an internet connection.
- An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
- Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
- Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
- 12 or more credits per term.
- Fewer than 12 credits per term.