The primary purpose of NVCC's paralegal studies program is to educate competent and ethical paralegals. Paralegals (who are also called "legal assistants") are persons who are qualified by education, training, or work experience to perform specifically delegated legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are employed or retained by lawyers, law offices, corporations, governmental agencies, and other entities. Paralegals are prohibited by law from offering legal services directly to members of the public.
NVCC's program leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in paralegal studies. All students must complete at least 50% of their required paralegal studies courses at NVCC to earn the degree. The program strives to balance theory and practice, so that graduates are not only equipped to perform specific legal tasks, but also able to understand the principles of law such tasks involve.
Although the education and training of paralegals is the program's primary purpose, the program also seeks to serve community members who want to test their interest in a law-related career or learn about an area of law due to personal concern or interest, as well as to meet the needs of working paralegals who want to increase their skills in a particular area of practice.
program has been approved by the American
Bar Association (ABA) since 1988.
definition of Paralegal:
"A legal assistant or paralegal is
a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who
is employed or retained by a
lawyer, law office,
agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated
substantive legal work for which a
lawyer is responsible."
Job Outlook for Paralegals: "Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects." United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm.
Paralegal Student Association (PSA) Students in the Paralegal Studies program are forming a new Student Organization. If you are interested in an opportunity to get more involved with other students, share information about the Paralegal Studies program, network, and address students' goals and needs, please join us.