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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.

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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 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.
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

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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
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-110-174
Law Office Administration
3
10-110-174 LAW OFFICE ADMINISTRATION ...law office procedures including law office management, communications process, law office systems, utilizing and supervising paralegals, law office billing, law library management and ethical considerations in law office management. (Corequisite: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-103
Think Critically & Creatively
3
10-809-103 THINKING CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY ...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-101-106
Accounting-for Non-Accountants
3
10-101-106 ACCOUNTING-FOR NON-ACCOUNTANTS ...teaching non-accountants to read, analyze, and interpret financial information for making informed business decisions. This class de-emphasizes the use of debits, credits, journal entries and other accounting procedures. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-105-101
Career Planning
1
10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-110-175
Legal Computer Applications
3
10-110-175 LEGAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ...legal applications and ethics relating to: PC hardware, software, technology; Microsoft Office Suite; calendaring, timekeeping/billing, and case management software; Internet/e-mail; e-filing and the electronic courthouse; e-discovery; presentation/trial graphics. (Corequisite 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
10-105-103
Career Preparation
1
10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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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). Course Typically Offered: Fall
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
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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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
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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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
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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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
OR
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: Accuplacer Reading = 55 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with “B” or better OR equivalent)
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
FOURTH SEMESTER
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-110-199
Paralegal Career Experience
2
10-110-199 PARALEGAL CAREER EXPERIENCE ...students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related or International. (Prerequisite: Career Preparation 10-105-103)
10-110-203
Spec Topics/Law: Int Prop
1
10-110-203 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LAW: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ...basics of intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademarks and patents.
OR
10-110-206
WI Craft Brewing Law
1
10-110-206 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LAW-WISCONSIN CRAFT BREWING LAW ...Wisconsin regulations impacting production, distribution and sale of craft beers and wine.
OR
10-110-211
Sports Law
1
10-110-211 SPECIAL TOPICS/LAW-SPORTS LAW ...special topics course covering the legal aspects surrounding amateur, collegiate and professional sports.
10-110-204
SpecTopics/Law: Election Law
1
10-110-204 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LAW: ELECTION LAW ...election law, including the American electoral system and laws governing local, state and national elections. Emphasis will be placed on the current year's Presidential election.
OR
10-110-207
Basic Employment Law
1
10-110-207 SPECIAL TOPICS/LAW-BASIC EMPLOYMENT LAW ...Federal and State employment laws regulating hiring and firing, wages and hours and employment conditions in at-will employment environments.
OR
10-110-214
Juvenile Law
1
10-110-214 SPECIAL TOPICS/LAW-JUVENILE LAW ...basic Wisconsin law regarding the juvenile justice system, CHiPS (Children in need of protection and services), JiPS (Juvenile in need of protection and services) and TPR (termination of parental rights).
10-110-205
Spec Topics/Law: Indian Law
1
10-110-205 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LAW: INDIAN LAW ...tribal sovereignty, federal/Indian relations, tribal governments, tribal courts, treaty making, removal/reservation life, assimilation, reorganization, termination, self-determination, gaming, and other contemporary issues.
10-809-166
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
TOTAL CREDITS
68
Curriculum Note
. 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.
. Students may take the following specialty courses, also listed above, during any semester they are offered (assuming prerequisites have been met). Students must complete 7 of the 11 legal specialty courses for a total of 21 credits:
10-110-102,
Civil
Litigation
10-110-103,
Civil Trial
Advocacy
10-110-106,
Family
Law
10-110-107,
Legal Aspects/Business
Organizations
10-110-114,
Estates and
Probate
10-110-115,
Administrative
Law
10-110-122,
Creditor/Debtor
Relations
10-110-162,
International Law and
Immigration
10-110-165,
Contracts & Insurance
Law
10-110-168,
Paralegal Criminal
Law
10-110-170,
Criminal Trial
Advocacy

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

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies 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.

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