Paralegals are integral to any law practice. Paralegals – also known as Legal Assistants – work closely with lawyers, prosecutors and public defenders and serve as valued members of a legal team. Pioneer Pacific College’s Paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree at, at either our Wilsonville or Springfield location, is one of only two schools in the state of Oregon that offers a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.
Our students learn how to handle a wide range of duties and tasks through in-class scenarios and a 180-hour externship. Our classes are taught by professionals who have worked in the field and who are able to provide practical insight into being a paralegal. Classes include Civil Procedure and Documentation, Constitutional Law, Legal Research and Writing, Torts and much more.
Pioneer Pacific’s Paralegal program includes:
At Pioneer Pacific College, students learn how handle all duties required to work in a professional setting. Paralegals are detail-oriented, can follow direction, work well in teams and enjoy a fast-paced work environment. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
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, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.
While a paralegal cannot give legal advice nor represent a client in court, the paralegal can play an instrumental role in providing quality legal services to all segments of our society.
“When I decided it was time for a life change and decided to become a paralegal, Pioneer Pacific was the school I chose. People had a lot of good things to say about the college. So many of the instructors at Pioneer are just amazing.“Crystal Eschweiler, Paralegal Alumni
The general admissions requirement to any degree or diploma program listed in the catalog is a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
Additionally, all applicants are required to take the PPC Assessment test. The PPC Assessment test measures basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics and is used to assure that applicants have the essential skills to successfully complete their Pioneer Pacific College program.
A waiver of all tests will be granted with an associate degree or higher from an institution whose credits are transferable to Pioneer Pacific College, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
For additional information regarding admissions requirements, feel free to call an Admissions Officer toll-free at 1-866-772-4636, or fill out and submit the Find Out More form on this page.