Paralegal - AAS
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 (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.