Kapiʻolani Community College’s Paralegal program is the only Hawai‘i-based paralegal program offered in the State. Since 1978, it has been an American Bar Association-approved program and has been the major source of trained paralegals in the Hawai‘i legal community. A paralegal is a legal professional who assists in the delivery of legal services, generally under the supervision of an attorney. A paralegal is a member of the legal team in private law offices, government agencies, and corporations, performing technical and paraprofessional responsibilities. These include interviewing and assisting clients, legal research and writing, communicating effectively, implementing legal procedures, preparing instruments and documents, assisting in judicial and administrative appearances, representing clients in selected administrative hearings, completing client projects, calendaring, and coordinating office functions. These functions overlap with those of an attorney. The program graduate will be qualified to work in a private law firm, corporation, public
agencies, and public law firms.
The Associate in Science, Paralegal degree articulates to the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu towards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Administration with concentration options in General Public Administration or Justice Administration.
A paralegal may not provide legal services directly to the public.
Degree and Certificate Programs
The Kapi‘olani CC Paralegal program offers an associate in science (AS) degree.
- Associate in Science – Paralegal (60 credits)
Potential Careers and Employers
- Careers: Graduates of the associate in science (AS) degree in paralegal may be eligible for paralegal positions in private law firms, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Legal secretary certificate recipients may be eligible for work as secretaries, office managers, clerks, or administrative assistants in a law related organization.
- Employers: The United States Department of Labor publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook with additional information about careers as paralegals and legal secretaries.