Is a Paralegal Career Right for Me?
The American Bar Association has acknowledged the importance of the paralegal role by devising a formal definition:
"A person...who is employed by a law office...in the capacity or function which involves the performance under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney, of specially delegated substantive legal work, which work for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such assistant, the lawyer would perform the task."
A paralegal is a legal assistant, not a legal secretary, and has been trained in general and specific areas of law and legal research. The paralegal performs routine duties of legal practice such as client contact, research, evidence collection, and document preparation under the supervision of an attorney. The paralegal is to the lawyer what a nurse is to a doctor–an assistant. By delegating routine matters to the legal assistant, both the attorney and the client are better served.
Continue Your Education
All credits earned from the Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies degree are acceptable and apply toward Hodges University’s Bachelor in Science in Legal Studies program.
What is the Legal Studies Career Outlook?
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
What Can I Do with This Degree?
- Investigate Cases
- Organize and Present Findings and Case Information
- Obtain Affidavits and Formal Statements
- Legal Research
- Update Case Computer Databases
- Assist Lawyers in Trial Preparation and Trials
- Write Reports
- Draft Legal Documents
- Personal Injury
- Corporate Law
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Employee Benefits
- Intellectual Property
- Real Estate
- Private Law Offices
- State Government
- Local Government
- Federal Government
What Will I Learn?
You may enter the paralegal studies program during any semester. A full-time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in approximately two years.
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How is Hodges University’s Paralegal Studies Program Different?
Graduates of Hodges University’s paralegal studies program are eligible to take the Certified Legal Assistant exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA).
The paralegal studies program is designed to be delivered online or in a traditional classroom format. Choose the method that is best for you.
Every instructor of law at Hodges University holds a Juris Doctor degree. All other instructors hold at least a master’s degree and experience in their respective field, ensuring that each student receives the best education and preparation in his/her career field.
Small Class Size
Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 14 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need.
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Your admissions coordinator will:
- Help you complete the application in its entirety.
- Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
- Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
- Coordinate the financial aid process with a financial aid professional.
- Refer you to your academic advisor for class scheduling.
- Give you information regarding your orientation.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!