This program prepares students for law-related employment, primarily in law firms. Federal, state and local governments, banks, real estate development companies and insurance companies also employ paralegals. A paralegal is not a lawyer but handles certain professional responsibilities under the supervision of a lawyer. Upon graduation, students may take the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) examination to become certified.
Under the supervision of attorneys, paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform a wide range of tasks in legal offices. They schedule meetings and appointments, organize and maintain files (both electronic and paper), and conduct research and prepare legal documentation. In addition to law offices, paralegals are employed in court and government agencies, insurance companies, and corporate legal departments.
Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Check out the link to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook - for up-to-date information about career prospects: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm
While enrolled in Paralegal classes, students will have full access to Lexis Plus (Lexis+) for class activities and homework assignments. Students will learn proficiency in conducting online research for case law, statutes, pleadings, and regulations. Students will also learn to cite legal authority properly. For more information, check out their website: www.lexisnexis.com
Students can enroll in LA114 Paralegal Internship and earn 3 credits as a paralegal elective. Students need to find their own place of employment in a law or legal office, but don’t need to work as a paralegal. If you're already working in a legal office, this can be used for the Internship course. (The work site must be approved by the Internship instructor.)
This course is graded as "Pass" or "Fail."
To pass the class, students must (1) work in a law firm or legal office at least 225 hours during the semester, (2) inform their supervisor that they are receiving college credit for the internship experience, (3) give contact name and address of company and supervisor, (4) participate in a performance evaluation with the supervisor, and (5) write a two-page paper explaining what the student learned about one or more aspects of the law office as a result of the job.
The credit hours earned can be used towards the 60 credit hours required for an Associate of Applied Science degree or towards the 36 credit hours required for a Certificate.
After graduation, students may choose to take a certifying exam. This is not part of the HutchCC program, so the preparation, scheduling, and cost will be up to each individual.
For more information on the Certified Legal Assistant certification, schools that offer training programs in a specific State, and standards and guidelines for paralegals, visit
NALA – The National Association of Legal Assistants
For more information on the Professional Paralegal certification, visit
NALS – The Association for Legal Professionals
For more information on the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam, paralegal careers, and paralegal training programs visit
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