The Paralegal Studies program provides students with the knowledge, skills and values they need to contribute to the paralegal profession.
Students will gain knowledge in criminal law and procedure, ethics, law office organization and technology, legal research and writing and litigation. A required paralegal practicum will provide you with crucial hands-on practical experience in the paralegal field so you feel prepared to enter a career in working in a law firm, corporate law department, government agency or business organization.
As a paralegal, you will work under the supervision of an attorney and help provide high quality, cost-effective legal services to the public or private sector. Days are busy in the paralegal field - paralegal professionals find themselves:
- Conducting client and witness interviews
- Engaging in investigations and legal research
- Drafting legal documents and general correspondence
- Assisting in trial preparation
- Preparing documents for real estate, probate and corporate matters
Although paralegals cannot provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law, they are becoming an indispensable part of the legal team. Paralegals are engaged in an increasingly wide range of tasks, including assisting lawyers in civil and criminal trials and hearings, real estate closings, investigations and corporate matters.
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Sally N. Fairbank, Program Chair
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1471A, (630) 942-2955
Teresa Dietz, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008
Anika Collins, Program Advising
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1454D, (630) 942-3961
Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592