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Paralegal Studies / Legal Assisting

What makes a great paralegal? Interest in the law, analytical skills and attention to detail are very important. Good communication, research, writing and computer skills can make you a valued member of the legal team. Paralegal and legal assisting students become familiar with ethical issues, statutes, court procedures and transactional matters, as well as engage in work-based learning experiences. They learn to draft and file documents, support lawyers in preparing for trials and maintain client relationships.

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates have the option to obtain paralegal certification to stand out when seeking employment. Current employees at law firms will enhance and develop the skills and knowledge needed for advancement.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Paralegal Studies/Legal Assisting

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Paralegal Studies/Legal Assisting A.S.

Completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Paralegal Studies/Legal Assisting provides the technical core for the Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at IRSC.

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