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Paralegal / Legal Studies

A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

Legal tasks typically performed by a paralegal include:

  • evaluating cases
  • conducting client and witness interviews
  • drafting court pleadings and motions
  • performing legal research
  • preparing legal documents, such as contracts, wills, and deeds
  • managing and organizing case files
  • helping attorneys prepare for trials and hearings. 

The mission of our program is to rigorously prepare future paralegals to provide professional support services to the legal community in a competent, diligent, and ethical manner.

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Associate in Applied Science
Program Length: 70 Credits

Associate in Arts - Prelaw
Program Length: 64 Credits

Campus: Estherville
(some courses available online)

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