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Career Area: Law, Public Safety and Security
Technical Diploma
Program Number: 31-110-2
Approximately 1 Year to Complete
Credit Program
Average Annual Tuition: $4230

Paralegal Studies Careers

Average Median Wage

$34219

Paralegal Studies Programs

This program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is designed for students who already have completed a baccalaureate degree with at least 18 credits in Liberal Arts courses. After completing this diploma program, students are prepared for employment as a paralegal in the legal community, government, business and industry. Students receiving this diploma are required to work under the supervision of an attorney, to avoid the unauthorized practice of law.

Important to your success is the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. You should be well-groomed; typing skills and computer literacy are helpful. Coursework revolves around basic legal courses designed to provide you with a broad background. Instruction concentrates on practical, rather than theoretical, aspects of law. 

Career Outlook — The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics has projected 18% job growth for paralegals and legal assistants nationwide from 2010-2020. Job growth projected for Wisconsin is nearly 17%.

The use of paralegals permits more efficient and cost-effective use of an attorney's time, and typical job duties include conducting client interviews, obtaining case information, performing legal research, preparing and filing legal documents and court papers, and providing general assistance to attorneys. Positions are also available in governmental agencies, legal departments of banks and other private organizations and companies. 

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