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 to 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. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
“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
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.
Students satisfactorily completing the Associate of Applied Science Legal Assistant/Paralegal are eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Pioneer Pacific’s Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program builds academically on the Associate of Applied Science Paralegal program, with an emphasis on areas of substantive law and management. These skills will prepare the student with essential knowledge for potential promotion within legal agencies and law offices, in both public and private sector employment areas of the legal system.
The program is designed to take 130 academic weeks to complete. % (not available) of graduates from this program finished in this time.
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The curriculum in this program builds on the courses studied in the Associate program.