What is 'Legal Studies? (laws)'
Legal studies include coursework dealing with legal ideas, legal institutions and the legal process. Depending upon the program selected, graduates may be seeking advanced education to become a lawyer or seek employment in a law, business or government office working under the supervision of a lawyer. In either case, the law office provides an intellectually stimulating, challenging and fast-paced work environment.
Is it for you?
Those pursuing education in Legal Studies will need to have or develop strong skills in reading, writing, oral communication and critical thinking as well as related skills such as research and problem solving. It is also helpful to be detail oriented. Paralegals are often members of a legal team working with and for the client. The student should possess strong technological and computer skills.
Jobs and Salary expectations
Because paralegals are assuming more duties performed under the direction of lawyers, there has been steady growth in the legal studies career field. The average salary for a paralegal with one to five years experience is $54,859. The average total compensation (salary and bonus) for paralegals in the Great Plains is $51,000, (Source: LAT 2009 Compensation Survey). MCC's Paralegal program is American Bar Association (ABA) approved.
Paralegals and Legal Administrative Assistants who are bilingual find employment opportunities to be excellent.
In addition, the Legal Studies program offers a Pre-law option which may be used to pursue advanced educational opportunities.
Paralegal Program Admission
The Paralegal Program has special admission requirements. Students may register for The Paralegal Profession, LAWS 1100 and Introduction to Law, LAWS 1101 courses without admission. Approval by Jo Wandel is required for entry to all other courses. After completing the Paralegal Program Application - formerly the Legal Assistant Program Application, you will meet with a faculty member for program entry approval.
Students are advised to work closely with Jo Wandel (or program advisor, Tamara Fisher) to make sure that they are registered for classes at the most benefical time for graduation from the program. Students should not complete all of their general education requirements before starting the Paralegal program.
**Paralegal Program Application
Beginning Fall 2013, successful completion of LAWS 1111 will be an additional requirement to gain admission in the Paralegal Program.
**Paralegal Program PowerPoint Presentation
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- Jo Wandel (Program Coordinator)
- Carol Cleaver
- Legal Studies (LSAAS)
- Paralegal Option (LSPAO)
- Pre-Law Option (LSPLO)
- Legal Administrative Assistant Option (LSAAO)
- Legal Assistant-Accelerated Certificate (LSACC)
Credit Classes and Registration