The American Bar Association-approved Legal Assistant/Paralegal curriculum prepares students to assist attorneys, either in private practice or in public service, in the performance of their professional duties. Paralegals operate under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are prohibited from practicing law. The curriculum will provide students with a core of paralegal courses, a variety of courses in specialized areas of law, and a series of related courses. A professional internship will give students on-the-job paralegal experience. This in-depth coverage of the paralegal's role in the field of law will provide the background necessary for successful employment in this rapidly growing field.
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- Application/Major Code: LA – view in catalog
- School: Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
- Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Approvals & Industry Connections
Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time wage-and-salary paralegals and legal assistants earned $46,120. The middle 50 percent earned between $36,080 and $59,310. The top 10 percent earned more than $73,450, and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $29,260.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)||13,880||$30.08||$62,570|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||13,250||$24.27||$50,480|
|State Government (OES Designation)||9,790||$21.23||$44,160|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||6,000||$28.05||$58,340|
*Statistics reported in May 2009
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This course involves 300 hours of work with a legal employer, allowing real-world application of concepts taught in the classroom. Program interns have been placed with private firms, judges, real estate companies, hospitals, corporations, public service agencies, district attorneys, public defenders, and government agencies. In many instances the internship has resulted in job placement.
Read more about the recommended internship.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Legal Society
Lambda Epsilon Chi (ΛΕΧ)
Legal Assistant Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.