Legal Education Program Outcomes

Associate in Science – Paralegal

Program Approval:

The Paralegal Program has ABA Approval, which is the national mark of excellence for paralegal programs. The Program has enjoyed continuous ABA Approval since 1978.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science degree in Paralegal, the student should be able to:

  • Ethics: Identify ethical issues that arise and apply rules of professional conduct to determine how to resolve them (e.g., show awareness of legal ethics, confidentiality, and unauthorized practice of law issues).
  • Communication: Demonstrate oral and written skills required in legal settings. (e.g., convey knowledge and ideas clearly and precisely).
  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate basic principles of legal analysis and apply critical thinking skills. (e.g., integrate and synthesize concepts, generate options, and make logical and rational decisions).
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, and sensitivity in working with diverse types of people, identify and resolve problems and disputes (e.g., establish effective working relationships with attorneys, coworkers, clients, and others).
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate organizational skills to perform and prioritize assignments and utilize time efficiently (e.g., manage workflow, adhere to procedural deadlines, use resources and time efficiently).
  • Technology & Information Literacy: Identify, evaluate, and use appropriate technology and resources to effectively investigate, research, and present legal issues (e.g., conduct library and online legal research, and prepare, edit, and transmit legal and court documents).

Required Notice:

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Certificate of Competence – Legal Secretary

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Competence, Legal Secretary, the student should be able to:

  • Understand and perform the duties of a legal secretary.
  • Describe and perform the duties of a legal secretary.
  • Use legal terminology, rules, and procedures to recognize legal implications of business transactions.
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and Internet skills to complete office tasks.
  • Prepare, proofread, and edit correspondence and legal documents.
  • Select and use a variety of legal resources and reference materials.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication ability.
  • Describe the role of technology in the legal office and legal environment.
  • Recognize ethical and legal responsibilities when working with attorneys, legal support staff, clients, and the public.
  • Explain and apply appropriate office procedures and practices in a legal office.

Required Notice:

The Legal Secretary Certificate is not an ABA approved option and does not prepare students to work as paralegals.

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