Paralegal

Paralegals help keep the wheels of justice moving

Lawyers are everywhere. And where there are lawyers, there are paralegals: justice-loving men and women who draft legal documents, perform research, and assist attorneys before and during trials. Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, have a vast array of employment opportunities in both government and the private sector. When it comes to getting in-demand, affordable training at times that work for you, the verdict is in: ACC wins! Classes are taught by local attorneys and are offered nights and weekends to suit your learning needs. An Associate of Applied Science degree and an advanced technical certificate is available. Court adjourned!

What skills can I gain?

Students develop expertise in legal research and legal document drafting and learn to assist attorneys during court preparations and proceedings. Courses focus on subjects such as family law, real property, wills and trusts, civil litigation, contracts, and legal writing, among others.

How long will it take to earn a degree or certificate, and what's the difference?

The associate degree includes a foundation of core academic classes in addition to focused paralegal study. Because each paralegal class typically meets once a week in the evening or on weekends, associate degree students sometimes require as much as three and a half years to complete the program. The advanced technical certificate, open to students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher, normally requires a year and a half of study to complete.

Where can I work with this education?

Paralegals work in private law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest law offices.

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications.