As a paralegal, you are not admitted to the practice of law. You work under the direct supervision of an attorney
and are a vital part of a legal service team!
The paralegal A.A.S. degree program's goals are to train you in:
- Conducting legal research
- Developing trial notebooks and supporting trial work
- Preparing legal documents
- Summarizing depositions
- Writing detailed procedures for law office specialty areas
- Interviewing clients and performing investigative work
- Understanding procedures that involve decision-making
- Performing administrative functions
The paralegal A.A.S. degree program is approved by the American Bar Association.
If you are interested in getting started in this program, please contact the program counselor (contact information below).
To enter the Paralegal Certificate program, students must have completed one or more of the following from
an accredited college and/or university:
- A.A. degree or A.A.S. degree in Legal Secretary
- A.A.S. degree in Legal Administrative Assistant
- B.A. degree
- B.S. degree
The program builds on the general education you've acquired and quickly propels you
into the study of the law where you learn to perform the vital functions of the
"trained specialist" in the legal process.
The paralegal certificate is approved by the American Bar Association.
Paralegal and Legal Nurse graduates do not receive a license to practice law, thus performing
legal work directly for the public or giving legal advice directly to the public constitutes the
unauthorized practice of law.
You may visit the Legal Careers page for frequently asked questions.
For more information:
Rebecca Goss, Counselor - For curricular information
(509) 533-8449 or
(800) 248-5644 ext. 8449
Bob Loomis, Instructor - For curricular information
(509) 533-7470 or
(800) 248-5644 ext. 7470
You can also submit an online information request.