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Students in the Paralegal Studies program are prepared to assist attorneys and other legal professionals in their daily tasks and thereby contribute to the fair, economical and efficient delivery of legal services.
Upon completion of the program, opportunities for employment include law firms, legal departments of banks and other corporations, as well as government agencies.
The Paralegal Studies program is also designed for practicing paralegals who desire to advance their education. The program is approved by the American Bar Association.
Demand for paralegals is growing on the national, state, and local levels. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a much faster than average rate of growth for paralegal employment through 2018. In Harford County, rapid population growth has brought about a related need for legal services.
The Certificate in Paralegal Studies is designed to permit those students who desire to work in the legal field as paralegals, but who already have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, to earn a recognized credential that would enhance their ability to secure employment.
*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. ABA Guideline G-103(d). Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Prof. Weston A. Park
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