Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting)―Associate in Science
Paralegals assist attorneys with virtually every aspect of legal work. Preparing important documents for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings are routine assignments. Attorneys depend on these professionals to analyze and organize information and to create reports that are used to determine how cases will be handled. Paralegals can work in the public or private sector.
Paralegals manage a wide range of assignments and must be able to multitask. Other necessary traits include: strong written and oral communication skills, research and investigative proficiency, a team-oriented approach to handling assignments and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with clients. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.
The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as paralegals in law offices, government agencies, insurance offices, corporations, financial institutions and title insurance companies. This program is also designed to provide supplemental training for persons already employed as paralegal assistants.
This program can be completed in approximately two years if students attend classes on a full-time basis.
This program can be completed on the West Campus in New Port Richey or online with the exception of the internship.