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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.

Job & Salary Outlook

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

Learning Goals

  • Understand the role of a legal and paralegal professional and create an educational or professional pathway for participation in the profession.
  • Adhere to the ethical standards and professional expectations of the legal profession.
  • Apply communicative, quantitative, analytical, technical, and organizational skills utilized by legal and paralegal professionals.

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) Business Navigators and Advisors

Sherman Willis
J.D., B.A., RICP®, Licensed Insurance Agent - Nebraska and Iowa
MCC Director of Legal Studies Programs
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