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Legal Studies (Paralegals and Legal Professionals)


The MCC Legal Studies Program prepares students for today’s legal work environment, including working with legal ideas, legal institutions, and the legal process. With numerous pathway options available for paralegals and other legal professionals, this program prepares students for careers working under the supervision of an attorney in a law, business, or government office; as administrative assistants or legal office administrators. The MCC Legal Studies Program also provides educational opportunities to those students interested in advancing their education to become an attorney.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Job & Salary Outlook

For current information regarding income and careers in legal occupations, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learning Goals for legal studies Paralegal program

  • Understand the role of a paralegal and the knowledge and skills required of a paralegal.
  • Use of technology tools utilized in legal offices.
  • Demonstrate ethical standards of the legal professional.
  • Apply legal concepts to factual situations.
  • Organize case files and records.
  • Draft legal documents.

Degrees & Certificates Offered

Academic Pathways

The MCC Legal Studies Program options include one degree, two Certificates of Achievement, and four Career Certificates. All Career Certificates are paths to the Legal Professional Certificate of Achievement, which itself paths to the Legal Studies – Paralegal Associate in Applied Science Degree. Below is an illustration of these stackable credentials. The Legal Studies – Paralegal Accelerated Certificate is designed specifically for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and therefore is seen as a terminal curriculum pathway at MCC. The MCC Associate in Applied Science: Legal Studies - Paralegal and the MCC Paralegal Accelerated Certificate of Achievement are approved by the American Bar Association.

LAWS Stacked Credentials image showing two people climbing to the top of stairs that show the various degree paths possible including those listed above from MCC and beyond ending in a bachelors degree


For more information contact:

Academic Focus Area (AFA) Community & Human Services

Sherman Willis
J.D., B.A., RICP®, Licensed Insurance Agent - Nebraska and Iowa
Business Area Division Coordinator | Law/Insurance Instructor
MCC Sarpy Center | 531-622-3832


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Associate in Applied Science: Legal Studies - Paralegal and Legal Studies
Paralegal Accelerated Certificate of Achievement