Paralegals, working under the direction of an attorney, are an essential part of the law offices or corporate legal departments that employ them. They prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings, investigating cases, researching precedents, obtaining affidavits, and preparing documents and presentations. In some cases, actually practicing law is about the only thing they don't do.
Many prospective students looking to study paralegal studies begin a certificate program or degree at the associate level. Available degree programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required to pursue entry-level positions. Diploma programs in Paralegal Studies can often be completed in as little as several months. Typical coursework includes topics such as:
More advanced degrees are also available for those looking to extend their academic career and take on more advanced legal tasks. Bachelor's Degrees are available for prospective students seeking entry into the workforce or looking for advancement in a current position. These four-year degree programs are also helpful for those who may have previously earned credits toward a paralegal degree or have already earned an associate's degree in paralegal studies.