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Paralegal Studies

 

Program Description

Paralegals, also called legal assistants, are an integral part of the legal team. Paralegals investigate facts, conduct legal research, interview clients, organize and analyze case materials and information, draft legal documents and correspondence, and generally assist in all phases of litigation. The Paralegal Studies program seeks to educate and equip students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform these tasks competently and effectively in a variety of legal settings. Paralegals may work in many areas of the law--civil litigation, bankruptcy, corporate, criminal, administrative, environmental, real estate, domestic, health care, employment, estate planning, and more. Courses in the Paralegal Studies program provide instruction in specific areas of law and practice in developing requisite skills.

Most paralegals work in law firms. There are also job opportunities for paralegals in government agencies, courts, legal clinics, corporations, banks, insurance companies, title companies, records centers, and other businesses where law-related work is performed.

Although they perform many of the same tasks as lawyers, paralegals do not engage in the practice of law or have clients to whom they provide legal services. They work under the supervision of lawyers, performing tasks that are delegated by a lawyer or for which a lawyer is ultimately responsible. Paralegals may work in limited areas where non-lawyers are authorized by law to assume certain law-related responsibilities.

Graduates Employed or Continuing Education Five-Year Average

94%

Idaho Median Income

$41,930

National Median Income

$49,500

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Program admits 16 students each year

Program Technology

  • Westlaw legal research software to research the law.
  • Casemaker legal research software to research the law.
  • E-discovery software with access to JFK (Kennedy) files, Lance Armstrong files, and Enron files.
  • CLIO legal case management software
  • Time billing, and accounting software for law firms.

Degree Options

Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science (2 years)

Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Undergraduate Catalog

Career Opportunities

  • Law firms
  • Courts
  • Government agencies
  • Banks and insurance companies
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Educational institutions
  • Self employment

Minimum Test Scores

New SAT English: 360 Math: 500
Old SAT English: 360 Math: 460
ACT English: 14 Math: 19
ALEKS   Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 53  
COMPASS Writing: 55 Algebra: 45

 

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