Legal Assistant/Paralegal – Associate of Applied Science
Paralegals are important 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.
At Pioneer Pacific College, students in the Paralegal Associate of Applied Science Degree Program 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.
Under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals often work directly with clients in preparation for their case, “hand hold” the client and serve as the clients’ direct contact. For many paralegals, this assistance to clients is one of the most satisfying aspects of their job.
Pioneer Pacific College’s Paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree at Wilsonville is one of only two schools in the state of Oregon that offers a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from Pioneer Pacific College is designed to provide students with the practical skills, experience and industry insight essential to creating a successful career.
Our curriculum emphasizes the learning of practical skills and knowledge utilized in common legal specialties. Classes are taught by legal professionals who have first-hand knowledge of the industry. Areas of study include:
- Microsoft Office
- Presentations – PowerPoint
- Database – Access
- Legal Research & Writing
- Civil Procedure & Documentation
- Decedents Estate/Probate Law
- Domestic Relations
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Business Law
- Paralegal Externship
- Ethics and Social Issues
- Political Science
One of the requirements of our program includes 180 hours of on-the-job externship experience working in a real law office. This provides students with practical experience that assists in making the transition from school to career a smoother one.
Definition of a 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, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.
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Discover if Paralegal is the right career for you by calling one of our helpful Admissions Specialists at 1-866-772-4636, or fill out the simple Find Out More form on the right, and we’ll contact you to further discuss your interest in the Paralegal field.
Paralegal is offered at:
- 70 academic weeks
- Corporate Legal Departments
- Federal Government
- Private Law Firms
- State Government
How much will this program cost me?
- Tuition and fees: $27,515
- Books and supplies: $0
- On-campus room & board: not offered
The cost of certain required books, tools and supplies is included in the lab fee. Once issued, these items become the property of the student and the lab fee cannot be refunded. Other fees may apply. Some books become the property of the student and others are loaned for the term(s) for which they are needed. All loaned books must be returned in good condition at the end of each term. Students who graduate or withdraw must within one week return all books or the appropriate replacement charge will be made against the student’s account.
What are my financing options to pay for the program?
In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 95.12% of graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates:
- Federal loans: $20,799
- Private education loans: $0
- Institution cust-info plan: $0
How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 70 academic weeks to complete. 43.90% of graduates from this program finished in this time.
What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who complete the program at Wilsonville is 84.38%.
What type of jobs?
- Legal Assistant
Will I be able to pay back my student loans?
% (not available) of students in this institution who took out federal student loans are successfully repaying them.