Paralegals are qualified through education and training to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. The objective of the Paralegal Program is to provide high quality paralegal education combining legal theory and practice to enable students to achieve professional competence and to contribute to the advancement of the profession. The study of legal ethics, including the prohibition against the unauthorized practice of law by lay-persons, is an integral part of the curriculum. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Students are prepared to assist attorneys in investigating facts, researching legal issues, drafting legal documents and correspondence, and preparing for trial.
The paralegal occupation is one of the fastest growing in America today. Paralegals are employed in law firms, federal, state, and municipal government, banks, insurance companies, corporate legal departments and business entities, and other public and private enterprises. The Paralegal program is offered at the Danvers Campus. Courses are also scheduled Evening/Weekend and Summer Sessions. Evening/weekend students should refer to Program Requirements in the College Catalog. The Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association.
Simultaneous awarding of Certificate and Degree policy: Certificates whose coursework is embedded in an Associate's degree program will not be awarded simultaneously in the same term as the degree is awarded; i.e. Paralegal(PAD) and Paralegal Certificate(PAC).
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