Metropolitan Community College - Paralegal & Legal Studies
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Paralegal & Legal Studies

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Paralegal & Legal Studies includes coursework dealing with legal ideas, legal institutions and the legal process. Depending upon the program selected, graduates may be on a pathway to become a paralegal working under the supervision of a lawyer in a law, business, or government office; seeking an entry-level position as an administrative assistant or administrator in such an office; or preparing for advanced education to become a lawyer. In any case, as members of a legal team working with and for the client, such endeavors provide an intellectually stimulating, challenging and fast-paced work environment. 

Those pursuing these sorts of careers need strong skills in reading, writing, oral communication and critical thinking, as well as related skills such as research and problem solving. They must also be detail-oriented and possess strong technological and computer skills. This is what MCC’s Paralegal & Legal Studies Programs help develop. 

Jobs and Salary Expectations 

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Employment in legal occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, and will result in about 67,600 new jobs. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, there is expected to be strong demand to hire more paralegals and legal assistants.  

Paralegals and Legal 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 such as law school (see LSPLO program below). The demand for lawyers is expected to continue as individuals, businesses, and governments require legal services in many areas.  

More information about median pay for various legal occupations.

Programs 

There are multiple certificate and degree paths within the Paralegal & Legal Studies Programs at MCC.*  Your career goals and prior education makes a difference for what is the appropriate Program for you. If you have any questions about your Program of Study, please meet with an Enrollment Navigator or Academic Advisor. MCC’s Paralegal & Legal Studies offers six programs: 

  • Legal Office Administrative Assistant, Career Certificate (LOACC) – for those who seek entry-level position to working in a legal office as an administrative assistant; also a pathway to Legal Office Administration (LOACE) 

  • Legal Office Administration – Certificate of Achievement (LOACE) – for those who seek entry-level position to working in law office administration; also a pathway to Paralegal Associate’s Degree (LSPAO) 

  • Paralegal, Associate’s Degree (LSPAO) – for those who want to become a paralegal and do not have a bachelor degree

  • Paralegal, Accelerated Certificate of Achievement (LSACC) -- for those entering paralegal studies with a bachelor’s degree 

  • Immigration Law – Career Certificate (IPPCC) 

  • Business Generalist Associate’s Degree (BGAAS), with Legal Specialization Career Certificate – for students wishing to explore pursuit of a law degree  

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Director MCC Laws Programs

Andrew Sagartz
Andrew Sagartz
J.D., M.B.A., B.S.
LAW/BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
South Omaha Campus   
Office: 531-622 -2805

MCC 2020-2021 Legal studies Advisory Board

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