Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Paralegal

Degree options

  • Associate Degree
    An Associate in Applied Science Degree in Paralegal will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives.

ADVISORS
Mark Baum
(360) 596-5269

D’Etta Kern
(360) 596-5545

Even the air we breath is the product of numerous anti-pollution laws. When we are hiring or firing, manufacturing or selling, driving a car or walking the dog, we are subject to an elaborate system of ordinances and laws.

  • Just about everyone at some time or another needs an attorney to help them deal with a legal issue.
  • Paralegal collect, organize and analyze facts, including researching and writing legal memorandums.
  • Paralegal are often the lawyer’s first representative to the client and the public.

Opportunities
Job opportunities are continuing to increase and expand into new areas. Paralegal positions appear to be opening in private law firms, in corporate legal departments, insurance companies, estate and trust departments of large banks, real estate and title insurance companies, and professional trade associations.

Job opportunities in the public sector are available in community legal services programs; offices of public defenders, prosecutors, and attorney generals; government agencies; and the court system. Earnings vary considerably depending on the size of the community, geographical location, size and business of the employing agency, and the legal assistant’s education, background, and work experience.

What You'll Do Here
The paralegal program is designed to give you a thorough grounding in corporate, domestic, real estate, personal injury and criminal law. In addition, you’ll hone your analytical, writing and computer skills. Core classes are offered only in the evening, and many of our students work full time during the day.

The more specialized study of legal office work includes business, domestic and public law, civil procedure, legal writing, transcription and probate.