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Legal Studies/Paralegal-Post Baccalaureate Technical Diploma

Program Code: 311101

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

Bachelor's degree graduates can continue their path with this technical diploma.

Employment Potential

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.

    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
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    Requirements for Program Entry

    • Completed application.
    • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution (transcript to be submitted with enrollment form).
    • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Windows proficiently.
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    Curriculum
    Curriculum: 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.
    First Semester
    OR
    Semester Total
    19
    Second Semester
    OR
    Semester Total
    18
    Total Credits
    37

    Students must take 2 of 4 Elective Courses:

    10-110-122
    Creditor/Debtor Relations
    3
    10-110-115
    Administrative Law
    3
    10-110-103
    Civil Trial Advocacy
    3
    10-110-162
    International Law & Immigration
    3

    Curriculum Note: The American Bar Association (ABA) requires each learner to take a minimum of four legal specialty courses in a live, synchronous "real time" format (face-to-face).

    + 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.

    Program Outcomes

    • 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.
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    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

    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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