Paralegal studies majors prepare for a career in the legal system.
The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as “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.”
Mount St. Joseph's Paralegal Studies program, which has been approved by the American Bar Association for more than 20 years, offers both general professional preparation and concentration in specific legal areas, providing a broad base of knowledge. We emphasize important theoretical and practical professional information, including manual- and computer-based legal research, legal writing proficiency, and mastering life-long learning skills. This is also an excellent law school preparation program.
A paralegal is not licensed to practice law and works under a lawyers' supervision, to manage a variety of tasks, including:
- Interviewing clients
- Acquiring factual data
- Drafting court pleadings and legal documents
- Researching statutes, cases and legal source material
Our program promotes an understanding of how individual students fit into the legal system, both as a professional and as a citizen. You will acquire strong communication skills, as well as the ability to think critically and analyze information. Courses are taught by practicing lawyers and paralegals.
The Paralegal Studies program has Articulation Agreements with Columbus State Community College. This agreement aids in the transfer of academic credits between schools. For details, view the paralegal studies course equivalency guide.
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