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Field of Study: Paralegal Studies


Paralegal programs prepare people to do legal research and give support to lawyers. These programs are sometimes called legal assistance programs.



Paralegal programs include topics such as:

  • Legal research
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Pleading
  • Courthouse procedures

Paralegal programs prepare students for work in law offices, courthouses, and government agencies.

Many career and technical schools offer certificate programs in paralegal studies. Most community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in paralegal studies. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in paralegal. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.