Academic Program Inventory Title/s:
A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies
Technical Certificate (C1) in Paralegal Studies
Concentration in Paralegal Studies within the A.A.S. in Business
CIP codes: Possible SOC Codes:
API CIP code: 14.22.0302.00 SOC1:23-2000 SOC3:23-2011
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals defines a legal assistant or paralegal as “a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” The Paralegal Studies program is designed to provide a general education and substantive legal courses to prepare students for entry-level paralegal positions working under the supervision of an attorney in the private or public sector. Paralegal skills emphasized include: an understanding of basic substantive and procedural law, legal research, legal document preparation, legal ethics, problem solving, case management and effective communication.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Professional Accrediting Body: American Bar Association (ABA)
State Agency/Entity Oversight: None
Certifications/License or Industry-recognized Certificates: None
Related TCAT Diploma Programs: None