Legal Studies (includes Paralegal)

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MWCC’s Paralegal Certificate was voted a top entry-level, pre-degree paralegal certificate program by ParalegalEDU.org

Enter into the exciting world of law and become a voice for the people as a paralegal or legal assistant. Rather than defending in court as a lawyer, you will be the bridge that connects the people to a lawyer and allow their  case to be heard.

MWCC’s associate’s degree program in Legal Studies will show you how to navigate both the challenges and opportunities of many legal settings to find success in your career. You will be prepared to enter into the legal assisting field after your graduate and begin working on the side of justice.

Start Your Career Right Away

After you earn your associate’s degree in Legal Studies, you will be ready to enter the legal assisting field in an entry-level position. This program is intended for immediate career entry, but you can pursue further education on MWCC’s LAS Pre-Law degree track to increase your potential job placement or continue into law school.

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Be in Demand as a Paralegal

In the north central MA area, paralegals and legal assistants make an average of $55,000* a year with an associate’s degree! Your degree from MWCC will give you strong computer skills and a solid background in legal studies, so your skillset will help you find a job fast in this growing market. The legal assisting career field is expected to grow 15%* over the next ten years.

Learn the Language of Law

The Legal Studies degree program covers a wide range of legal topics to make sure that you have the knowledge you will need to succeed in your career.

You will take classes in:

  • Family Law
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • American Government and Politics
  • Litigation

Behind the Scenes of Justice

As a paralegal or legal assistant, you will help people by aiding a lawyer with their cases and legal processes. Even though you will not directly provide legal services to the public, your role is important in making sure their cases are completed successfully.

Some of the things you will do include:

  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Maintaining legal documents
  • Researching legal materials to aid in decision-making
  • Assisting in trial and court preparations
  • Preparing legal documents and evidence for trials

*Source: CareerOneStop

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