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Legal Studies/Paralegal Associate Degree

Program Code: 101101

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:

Employment Potential

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.

    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.
    • High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
    • Ability to use Windows and Microsoft Word proficiently.
    • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor 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 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 four legal specialty courses in a live, synchronous “real time” format. Blended courses count toward this requirement.

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    Curriculum
    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
    Semester Total
    16
    Second Semester
    Semester Total
    16
    Third Semester
    OR
    Semester Total
    16
    Fourth Semester
    OR
    Semester Total
    17
    Total Credits
    65

    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: 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.

    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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    Accreditation

    Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want. ACBSP - World Headquarters 11520 West 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213 Phone: (913) 339-9356 www.acbsp.com

    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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