Fall 2008 |
Preparing for a career in the legal community just got easier at
Metropolitan Community College. Beginning this fall, MCC´s Associate
Degree in Legal Studies will offer options in pre-law, legal administrative
assistant and legal assistant to meet the needs of MCC´ students´
diverse interests in the legal community.
The pre-law option will prepare students to transfer to four-year
institutions to complete a Bachelor´s Degree in Pre-Law. Already, a
transfer agreement has been established with Bellevue University for seamless
transition to their new pre-law program.
The legal administrative assistant option combines the strengths of two of
MCC´s existing programs and meets the growing need for well-trained
executive assistants, office supervisors and office staff in today´s
legal office. In Nebraska, the median wage for legal administrative assistants
is $32,951 per year (source: Nebraska Career Information System, 2008), and
employment opportunities are significant statewide.
The legal assistant (paralegal) option provides a foundation in a variety
of legal specialties for those seeking to perform substantive legal work such
as drafting correspondence, pleadings, contracts and other legal documents as
well as performing legal research. Legal assistants work under the direct
supervision of a lawyer, and the median annual wage in Nebraska for a legal
assistant in $39,013 with increasing job opportunities statewide (source:
Nebraska Career Information System, 2008).
MCC´s Legal Studies Program is one of the few associate-level
programs in the nation to be accredited by the American Bar Association.