Paralegal Degree Spotlight29 November 2016
The legal field abounds with opportunities, from working with public defenders to a government agency petitioning a new law. If the law aspect of our legal system intrigues you and you have a passion to serve, becoming a paralegal, also known as a legal assistant, might just change your life!
Curious about what a paralegal does? Typical duties include reading case law, legal research, preparing briefs, submitting court documents electronically, responding to complaints and emails, organizing case files, and maintaining documents.
Characteristics that make a great paralegal:
- Ability to work in fast-paced environment
- Prefer following over leading
- Versatility between working alone or in a team
- Communication skills
- Succinct writing
- Research and fact driven
Legal assistants utilize their training and unique skill-set to perform substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. While they do not offer legal advice or directly represent a client in court, every task delegated to them supports the lawyer, law office, agency, or corporation they work within.
Paralegal Program Details
Pioneer Pacific College is one of only two schools in Oregon that offer an American Bar Association approved paralegal program. Every class is taught by a professional in the field. The program also provides a 180-hour externship to prepare each student for a lifelong career.
To earn the Paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree, students must cover class and coursework on PowerPoint presentations, legal research and writing, civil procedure and documentation, constitutional law, domestic relations, business law, ethics and social issues, psychology, and other valuable areas of study. Approximately 76% of graduates from the paralegal program take 70 academic weeks or less to complete all of the requirements. Unlike other paralegal programs in other states, Pioneer Pacific graduates have an astounding 81% job placement rate within a year of program completion.