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Paralegal-Post Baccalaureate Technical Diploma

Program Code: 311101

A paralegal or legal assistant is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity to perform specifically designated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law.

Follow Your Path

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

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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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2017Spring 2018Summer 2018
Green Bay
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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
10-110-101
Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics
3
10-110-101 PARALEGAL INTRO/LEGAL ETHICS ...introduction to the legal profession: ethics, court system, legal research, and roles of the paralegal.
10-110-104
Legal Research
3
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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
10-110-106
Law-Family
3
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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
OR
10-110-168
Paralegal Criminal Law
3
10-110-168 PARALEGAL CRIMINAL LAW ...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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
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10-110-170
Criminal Trial Advocacy
3
10-110-170 CRIMINAL TRIAL ADVOCACY ...criminal litigation pleadings, investigation, case management, discovery, pleas, trial, sentencing and appellate procedure. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; 10-110-168, Paralegal Criminal Law).
10-110-122
Creditor/Debtor Relations
3
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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
OR
10-110-107
Legal Aspects/Business Org
3
10-110-107 LEGAL ASPECTS/BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS ...formation, operation, and dissolution of types of business organizations, and substantive and procedural law involving business organizations. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
OR
10-110-115
Administrative Law
3
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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory math and reading assessment scores; 10-834-109, Pre Algebra with a “C” or better; 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better)
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10-806-189
Basic Anatomy
3
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading assessment score; 10-831-102, English Comp Prep or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-890-101
College 101
1
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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-110-103
Civil Trial Advocacy
3
10-110-103 CIVIL TRIAL ADVOCACY ...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)
OR
10-110-162
Intl Law and Immigration
3
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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
OR
10-110-165
Contracts and Insurance Law
3
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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
10-110-105
Legal Writing
3
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)
10-110-114
Estates and Probate
3
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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
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10-110-102
Civil Litigation
3
10-110-102 CIVIL LITIGATION ...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. (Associate Degree Prerequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; Technical Diploma Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
TOTAL CREDITS
28
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 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 requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

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.

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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

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