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Paralegal

Paralegal

Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies


As defined by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, a Paralegal is a person, qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work. Substantive shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant facts and legal concepts. (NFPA)

Instructors in the Paralegal program are licensed, practicing attorneys from diverse fields of law, including District Attorneys and private practitioners. Courses ranging from legal writing and research to criminal law and procedures are offered in our evening programs to accommodate the adult learner. Interns are often retained as employees at the conclusion of their internship. The department is currently exploring new ways paralegals can serve our community. Information on new and upcoming opportunities and programs will be available on the paralegal section of the Social Science website.