Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies
PARALEGAL STUDIES MISSION STATEMENT:
The mission of the Paralegal Studies Associate of Science degree program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as paralegals who are prepared to meet the needs of the legal community. Graduates of the program possess knowledge of basic legal terminology and procedures, document drafting, professional ethics and client interactions, and are proficient in utilizing research technology.
PARALEGAL STUDIES VISION STATEMENT:
The vision of the program is to provide a superior academic program, encourage the pursuit of lifelong learning, and promote responsible citizenship.
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PARALEGAL STUDIES GOALS:
Building on its heritage as the oldest paralegal program in Illinois, the MacCormac College Paralegal Studies Program will continue to pursue academic excellence it its classes, expand internship opportunities for students, and engage our students in greater participation in school and outside activities. The fundamental goals are to:
- Recruit, retain and graduate students who are academically prepared to assume the duties and opportunities as paralegals in the legal marketplace
- Continuously review and modify the Paralegal Studies curriculum to address changes in the paralegal job market and to ensure that MacCormac College Paralegal students are provided with the most up-to-date educational methodologies to successfully participate in the paralegal profession
- Enhance and encourage development of critical thinking, communication, computer, and organizational skills
- Encourage our students to become engaged in giving back to the greater Chicagoland community and participate in volunteer opportunities, internships, externships, and networking events
- Continuously build and hire qualified faculty committed to academic excellence and a student-centered approach to education
PARALEGAL STUDIES LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Paralegal Studies Graduates will be able to:
- Use legal terminology to communicate with prospective clients, offices, and the courts
- Draft and understand the meaning of a variety of legal documents
- Research complex legal issues stemming from legal cases using traditional sources and the latest law research technology
- Apply legal reasoning and critical analysis to the identification and interpretation of legal issues.
- Work with legal team in preparation for trials, motions and administrative hearings
- Demonstrate awareness of ethical problems that may occur in the legal environment
PARALEGAL STUDIES AT A GLANCE
WHAT IS A PARALEGAL?
"A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." (American Bar Association, 1997)
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Paralegals and Legal Assistants, employment of paralegals is projected to grow by 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS DEGREE?
Here is a list of places paralegals work:
- Real estate offices
- Insurance companies
- Legal aid societies
- Courts and governmental offices
- Private companies, corporations and partnerships
- Not for profit business entities
- Private law firms
- Attorneys in private practice
- Title and abstract offices
WHY STUDY PARALEGAL STUDIES AT MACCORMAC?
Our small class size allows intensive one-on- one interaction with the professor teaching the course. Program classes are taught year round, both day and evening, so the degree may be completed entirely by day classes, by evening classes, or in combination. The year round program allows for possible completion in as little as 16 months full time, or more depending on the student's schedule and other commitments.
MacCormac College has been teaching and graduating paralegals since 1973, and has the oldest 2-year paralegal studies program in the State of Illinois.
Accredited and Approved Program
The Paralegal Studies Program at MacCormac College is part of the College accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Program is further approved by the American Bar Association.
All paralegal studies faculty are licensed, practicing attorneys who specialize in their area of instruction.
Students have the opportunity to complete an internship in the program. MacCormac’s Associate Degree Program trains Paralegal students within high-need areas of the job market by providing elective course options focused on types of law which are most in demand, such as e-discovery. Paralegal students have the opportunity to complete a supervised internship which allows them to define career goals, gain experience and acquire self-confidence in the workplace.
*Paralegals may not practice law or otherwise provide legal advice or services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Program Director: Prof. David F. Grassi, J.D., M.A.