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Paralegal Program Overview
Join a profession that has an expected job growth rate of 8 percent between 2014 and 2024*. There is a need for paralegals in the legal profession.
In the Paralegal Bachelor of Science degree program, you can learn about the necessary tools to provide vital assistance to lawyers, clients and courts.
The paralegal program prepares you to perform duties, under the supervision of an attorney, such as:
- Researching Legal Issues
- Drafting Legal Documents
- Preparing Pleadings
- Summarizing Documents
- Organizing Trial Notebooks
- Interviewing Clients
You will learn fundamental legal principles in the areas of criminal and civil procedure, tort, contract, wills and probate, and family law. In addition you will learn how to perform legal research, analyze cases and prepare case briefs.
Upon graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
*Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations - [http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm] Paralegals and Legal Assistants section of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your own hard work, professional attitude and demeanor, experience, and local market factors may impact personal employment opportunities.
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Completion rates for this program*:
For those full-time students who enrolled in this program July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010,
fewer than 10 students completed for the enrollment cohort. The completion percentage has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
* For information regarding assumptions made in establishing these completion rates, click here.
The completion rate data presented here is calculated using the following assumptions:
- The Enrollment Cohort includes all students who started in a program for the first time during the enrollment cohort (financial aid award year, “FA AY”). Re-entries are not considered a “start” in the enrollment cohort (FA AY) if they attended the program in a previous enrollment cohort (FA AY), regardless of how long it has been since their prior attendance.
- The enrollment cohort excludes any students that died, if applicable. The enrollment cohort does not exclude permanently disabled students who were unable to continue on at least a half-time basis.
- Students are considered completers if they became a graduate in the program. Students with any status other than graduate are considered non-completers.
- These calculations use the federal financial aid definition of full-time, and less than full time (number of credits) to determine the cohort the student’s completion information will be calculated in. The number of credits the student is enrolled in on the student’s first day of attendance is used to determine the student’s status. As such, students are considered full-time if they are taking 12 credits or more, and considered less than full time if they are taking less than 12 credits. All modular students are considered full time.
The following calculations are used to display completion information based on the students FT or less than FT status:
- (# of full time students in enrollment cohort (“EC”) who completed within 100% program length) / (# of full-time students in EC)
- (# of full time students in EC who completed within 150% program length) / (# of full-time students in EC)
- (# of less-than-full-time students in EC who completed within 200% program length) / (# of less-than-full-time students in EC)
- (# of less-than-full-time students in EC who completed within 300% program length) / (# of less-than-full-time students in EC)
- These disclosures reflect completion percentages for the enrollment cohort (by financial aid award year, July 1- June 30) that will provide the most recent group of completers for the longer of the two completion percentages. Specifically, we select the most recent enrollment cohort (FA AY) for the full-time students to have had enough time to complete 150% of their program length; and, we select the most recent enrollment cohort (FA AY) for the less than full-time students to have had time to complete 300% of their program length. As such, enrollment cohorts may vary dependent on program length.