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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
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
- 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.
- 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.