Paralegal

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Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

101101

Credits: 

63.00
Financial Aid Available

An exciting and challenging career awaits you in a growing field. As a paralegal, you will be involved in all facets of the law while working under the direction of a licensed attorney. A successful paralegal is a good communicator, enjoys working with diverse populations, pays attention to details, is a strong problem solver, and is ethical.

This program is an ABA (American Bar Association) approved program. The current ABA definition of a Legal Assistant/Paralegal is as follows:

A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

This program covers all aspects of law: criminal, family, real estate, civil, and probate. Our graduates find employment in private practice, corporate legal departments, and government entities.

Core courses are offered in a traditional format during the day with some offered online and blended. General education classes are available in tradition and online formats.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. 

Transfer Policy

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Paralegal

This program will cost about $9,100* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Paralegal 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates10
Graduates Responding5
Employed in Related Occupation2
Employed in Non-related Occupations3
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding02
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$19.22
Hourly Wage Range$18.00 - $20.43
Median Annual Salary$39,970.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Bar Admission Coordinator; The Minnesota Supreme Court, St Paul, MN

Career Opportunities

Paralegal
Legal Administrative Assistant
Court Clerk

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Accreditation

The Paralegal program is an approved program by the American Bar Association (ABA (http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html) ), 321 North Clark St. - 19.1, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, telephone 312-988-5617.

Transfer Agreements

University of WI - Oshkosh
Viterbo University

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