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Legal Assistant Program Outcomes

Students are expected to learn the following within the Legal Assistant (Paralegal) program:

  1. Legal Concepts and Terminology
    • Distinguish between civil and criminal law.
    • Use appropriate legal terms.
    • Explain the characteristics of the state and federal court systems.

  2. Research and Communication
    • Use research and summary skills to develop a case brief.
    • Use knowledge of diversity and human relations in teamwork and communication.
    • Research employment opportunities; prepare an effective employment package, including resume, and present oneself positively in a job interview.

  3. Ethical Responsibilities
    • Use effective personal, interpersonal, time and project management skills required in the legal profession.
    • Adhere to professional and ethical standards appropriate to the legal profession.

  4. Practical Office Skills
    • Prepare a variety of legal documents, including correspondence, pleadings, charges, and tables from rough draft, transcription, forms, and boilerplate language.
    • Use computer hardware and software, especially the basic Microsoft Office software applications, to complete office tasks.
    • Perform mathematical operations applicable to the legal office field, such as calculating time and billing reports.
    • Prioritize, anticipate, and analyze problems; evaluate and implement solutions.