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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 sectors.

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.

Purpose

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. Students who wish to transfer any credits from this program to another institution must accept the responsibility for securing approval in advance from that institution.

Length

This program can be completed in approximately two years if students attend classes full-time.

Location

This degree program can be completed on West Campus in New Port Richey.

Format

All courses for this degree are offered in traditional classroom setting, except the internship. Almost 30 percent of the courses from this program are also offered online.