Paralegals, or Legal Assistants, help lawyers and attorneys with day-to-day functions in law offices.
At Clovis Community College we are proud to offer our students training and instruction from a broad-based perspective in many areas of law, which allows students to explore the discipline before committing to an area of specialization. Our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Legal Assistant Studies boasts the unique benefit of offering this degree entirely online.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Legal Assistant Studies consists of 66 credits and can be completed in five semesters.
The Certificate of Completion in Legal Assistant Studies consists of 30 credit hours and can be completed in two semesters.
Paralegals (legal assistants) are individuals trained to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Graduates of this program work in private law firms, large and small corporations, the government and many legal aid services and operate under the supervision of a lawyer. Paralegals cannot give legal advice, represent a client in court, establish legal fees or sign documents filed with the court.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to business. Paralegals investigate the facts of a case; interview clients and witnesses; perform legal research; draft pleadings, deposition notices, subpoenas, motions, briefs, and other legal documents.