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Paralegal Studies Degree

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in Paralegal/Legal Assistant

60 credits
(4 semesters)

This A.A.S. degree prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney preparing legal documents, researching and compiling information, and communicating with clients. Students receive training in a variety of legal areas, including contracts and property law, as well as legal ethics, research, and writing.

Choose electives in fields that interest you most, such as family law, administrative law, evidence, criminal law, probate and estates, employment law, and intellectual property law.

You will gain practical hands-on experience in a local work setting to see firsthand what it is like to be a paralegal.

Paralegal degree: See required courses by semester.

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Legal Assistant Certificate

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students for an entry-level position as a legal assistant. This certificate allows for technical training in the paralegal field and to work effectively with computers and legal research.

Paralegal Certificate: See required courses by semester

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What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Understand of the duties, responsibilities, and tasks that a paralegal performs in the legal environment.
  2. Conduct legal research by demonstrating knowledge of the use of a law library and computer-assisted legal research, legal technology and distinguishing between primary and secondary authorities.
  3. Apply critical thinking, analysis, and research skills to fact patterns and latest technology.
  4. Draft legal documents such as client letters, legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings, and related trial documents.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the legal system, different areas of the law, and the rules and process of litigation.
  6. Conduct yourself professionally and understand the Paralegal Code of Ethics and the American Bar Association code of Ethics.

Annual Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Paralegals & Legal Assistants
$36,341
$54,243
$63,194
Colorado Labor Market Information (2016)
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