Academic Programs

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Description
Sioux City Campus

If youve always been fascinated by law and the judicial system, but dont really want to go as far as becoming a lawyer, explore WITCCs new paralegal program to get you on your way to a lucrative and exciting paralegal career.

Paralegals are responsible for work on cases under the supervision of a lawyer, without having to put in the demanding hours of a full-time lawyer. The job of a lawyer is often times taxing, as long hours and extremely difficult work are required. As a paralegal who completes our program, you can take the time to actually see if you enjoy a legal career, before committing to the demanding time and money that law school requires. In addition, with only two years of post-secondary study, you will gain the skills to pursue a professional career with above average starting wages.

Most paralegals work in law offices, under the supervision of a lawyer, while others work for government agencies. Paralegals who have successfully completed their paralegal studies work in all different types of law including: litigation, family law, corporate law, and many other areas. Because law has become so complex in recent years, many paralegals have specialties and focus on specific aspects of the law and cases.

The Paralegal/Legal Assistant program will provide students with the legal knowledge and administrative skills to serve as paralegals and/or legal administrative assistants, working closely with not only attorneys in law firms, but also corporations, real estate companies, government agencies and the banking industry.

The courses taught in the program will focus on realistic projects, case studies, and practical application of classroom instruction. In both the classroom and through internships the students will develop professional networking relationships and have the opportunity to investigate various aspects of the paralegal/legal assistant profession.

The program provides the educational background enabling the student to prepare for and take the NALA and NALS national certification exams. Employment growth stems from law firms and other employers with legal staffs increasingly hiring paralegals to lower the cost and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services. The majority of job openings for paralegals in the future will be new jobs created by rapid employment growth.

Required Classes

SDV 108 The College Experience.............................................. 1
ADM 105 Introduction to Keyboarding....................................... 1
ADM 166 Office Procedures I..................................................... 3
CSC 110 Introduction to Computers......................................... 3
PRL 101 Paralegal Studies Orientation..................................... 3
BUS 185 Business Law I............................................................ 3
ENG 105 Composition I............................................................. 3
ADM 123 Document Formatting................................................. 3
ADM 159 Proofreading and Editing............................................ 3
ADM 176 Electronic Records Management............................... 3
PRL 122 Legal Office Procedures............................................. 2
PRL 281 Legal Ethics................................................................ 2
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication.................................... 3
PRL 112 Legal Research and Writing I...................................... 3
PRL 118 Computerized Legal Research................................... 1
PRL 131 Torts and Litigation I................................................... 3
PRL 191 Criminal Procedure..................................................... 3
ENG 106 Composition II............................................................. 3
MAT 772 Applied Math.............................................................. 3
BUS 186 Business Law II........................................................... 3
MGT 178 Employment Law........................................................ 3
PRL 113 Legal Research and Writing II..................................... 3
PRL 161 Family Law.................................................................. 3
PRL 932 Internship.................................................................... 3

Program Total ........................................................... 64

Contacts

Mellisa Flanigan, Ext 1263, Room L314, mellisa.flanigan@witcc.edu
Jane Clausen, Ext 1781 Room A148 jane.clausen@witcc.edu
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Visit at 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa 51106
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
Call 800.349.4649 or 712.274.6400
800.352.4649
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