If you are interested in obtaining a career in the legal field, Pioneer Pacific College is one of only two schools in the state of Oregon that offers a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association. Paralegals – also known as Legal Assistants – work closely with lawyers, prosecutors and public defenders and serve as valued members of a legal team. The Paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree is offered at Pioneer Pacific’s Springfield location.
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 becoming 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.
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.
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.