A two-year, associate degree in Paralegal Studies prepares you for a dynamic career in the legal profession. Receive training in case management and legal research. Learn how to analyze and summarize data to assist attorneys in preparation for hearings, trials, closings, corporate meetings, and other legal functions. Experience community learning opportunities that include job shadows, internships, and real-world projects. Paralegal Studies courses are offered in the evening, tailored for those with family or work commitments. *Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Personal Traits Leading to Success in Paralegal Program
Ability to develop sound academic skills
Strong organizational skills
Minimum keyboarding skill of 40 cwpm
Excellent computer skills
Critical thinking skills
Ability to pay attention to detail and accuracy
Able to work under stressful circumstances
Exhibit common sense
Desire to develop research abilities
Capacity to work as part of a legal team
Enjoy extensive research and writing
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
LDSBC Methods and Procedures for Teaching
Legal courses taught by legal professionals/lawyers
Instructors are facilitators
Students responsible for own learning
Students are required to come to class prepared
Teaching is done by the Learning Model which is based on teaching and learning by the Spirit
Learning involves the student, the instructor, and the Spirit
Practical application with project-based learning
Internship at end of coursework to apply what has been learned
A successful paralegal finds fulfillment as a contributor in resolving difficult legal situations in behalf of families, non-profit organizations, law firms, government agencies, and corporations. A variety of positions can be found in numerous industries including banking, insurance, healthcare, business, entertainment industry, real estate, and public agencies. *Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
- A number of benefits are associated with paralegal graduation:
- Average starting salary for paralegals is $36,000 a year. The upward range for experienced paralegals is approximately $50,000 annually.
- Steady, upward trend for starting salaries
- Attractive to individuals seeking to improve their career and earning potential
- Allows current Legal Administrative Assistants to advance their legal career
- Shows healthy job market in Utah and throughout the country with an increased employment demand for paralegals for the next 7 years
- Listed by Department of Workforce Services in its top “Five Star” jobs at the associate degree level
- Low cost program with high salary potential
- Excellent career possibilities for multiple-language students
Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be able toConfirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and
- Christ-like manner.
- Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles.
- Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools.
- Comprehend and think critically to solve problems.
- Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and lifelong learning opportunities.
- Work knowledgeably through federal, state, and local court systems, including PACER, CM/ECF, and Xchange.
- Apply substantive and procedural law to any fact pattern, including the determination of appropriate jurisdiction and venue.
- Practice ethical obligations and standards, and maintain the appropriate level of professionalism, tact, and diplomacy.
- Prepare legal research plans, analyze factual situations, identify legal solutions, summarize legal research findings, and write legal memoranda.
- Follow appropriate interviewing and investigative procedures with clients, witnesses, and others.
- Prepare and file/e-file legal forms, including, but not limited to: complaints, answers, letters, demands, closing documents, subpoenas, summons, notices, motions, etc.
- Use a variety of legal office management and case management software systems proficiently.
- Articulate career preparation confidently using resumes, portfolios, and interviews.
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