Paralegal Studies


A two-year, associate degree in Paralegal Studies prepares students for a dynamic career in the legal profession. Students 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, as the program is tailored to those with family or work commitments.

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

  • Assertive

  • Exhibit common sense

  • Desire to develop research abilities

  • Capacity to work as part of a legal team

  • Enjoy extensive research and writing

LDSBC Methods and Procedures for Teaching

  • Legal courses taught by legal professionals/lawyers

  • Caring faculty

  • 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

Career Opportunities

A successful paralegal finds fulfilment 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.

A number of benefits are associated with paralegal graduation:

  • Average starting salary of $36,000 a year with an upward range for experienced paralegals of approximately $50,000 annually

  • Steady, upward trend for starting salaries

  • Attractive to individuals seeking to improve their career and earning potential

  • Allows current Legal Secretaries 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

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be able to

  • Confirm 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 life-long learning opportunities

  • Work knowledgeably through federal, state, and local court systems

  • Apply substantive and procedural law

  • Practice ethical obligations and standards

  • Prepare legal research plans, analyze factual situations, identify legal solutions, summarize legal research findings, and write legal memorandums

  • Follow appropriate interviewing and investigative procedures with witnesses

  • Prepare exhibits and assist attorneys at trial

  • Use a variety of legal office management software systems proficiently

  • Articulate career preparation confidently using resumes, portfolios, and interviews

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