Wednesday – November 22, 2017

Paralegal (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Business / Law, Public Safety & Security Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-110-1 


For Information: 414-297-6395
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — This program is approved by the American Bar Association and prepares you for employment as a paralegal in the legal community, in government offices or agencies, or in business and industry.

Classes are offered face to face at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. Selected courses are offered at MATC's other campuses via interactive television. Online classes are available. Please note: At least 10 credits of legal specialty (PLEGAL) courses must be taken via face-to-face instruction.


Coursework revolves around basic legal courses designed to provide you with a broad background. The program additionally allows for options of legal specialization. Instruction concentrates on practical, rather than theoretical, aspects of law. Students receiving this degree are required to work under the supervision of an attorney to avoid the unauthorized practice of law.

Important to your success is the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. You should present a professional well-groomed appearance; typing skills and computer literacy are helpful.


For more information from the American Bar Association, see www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals/directory/wi.html

 

Career Outlook — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 18% job growth for paralegals and legal assistants nationwide from 2010 through 2020. Job growth projected for Wisconsin is nearly 17%.

Although this is a growing profession, competition in the job market is keen. The use of paralegals permits more efficient and cost-effective use of an attorney's time, and typical job duties include conducting client interviews, obtaining case information, performing legal research, preparing and filing legal documents and court papers, and providing general assistance to attorneys. Positions are also available in governmental agencies, legal departments of banks and other private organizations and companies.

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Apply ethical principles in a legal environment
  • Process legal documents
  • Perform legal research
  • Apply critical thinking skills to address legal issues
  • Demonstrate professionalism in a legal environment
     

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a placement assessment

 

Possible Careers
Corporation Paralegal
Government Paralegal
Law Office Paralegal
Real Estate Paralegal

 

Related Programs
Paralegal Studies
Business Management
Criminal Justice Studies


Start Dates: August/January/June

Sixteen-week terms in Fall and Spring semesters; 7.5-week term in Summer.

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Classes are offered face to face at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. Selected courses are offered at the outlying campuses via interactive television. Online classes are available. Please note: At least 10 credits of legal specialty (PLEGAL) courses must be taken via face-to-face instruction.

 

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

TECHNICAL STUDIES

 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

BADM-165

Legal Environment of Business

3

 

(1)

 

COMPSW-106

Introduction to MS Office

3

 

(1)

 

OFTECH-103

Keyboard and Keypad

1

 

(1)

 

PLEGAL-101

Introduction to Paralegalism

3

 

(2)

 

ACCTG-110

Financial Accounting

3

 

(2)

 

PLEGAL-103

Legal Research ‡

3

 

(2)

 

PLEGAL-105

Civil Procedure ‡

3

 

           
(2)   Select ONE course from the following:    
    PLEGAL-114 Trusts and Estates - Probate Systems ‡    
    PLEGAL-116 Real Estate Law and Practice ‡    
    PLEGAL-118 Criminal Practice ‡    
    PLEGAL-123 Corporate Practice Systems ‡    
    PLEGAL-127 Debtor-Creditor Law  ‡    
    PLEGAL 140 Legal Interviewing/Investigation ‡    
           

(3)

 

PLEGAL-107

Legal Writing ‡

3

 

(3)

 

PLEGAL-111

Litigation Practice Systems ‡

3

 

(3)

 

PLEGAL-121

Domestic Relations & Divorce Practice Systems ‡

3

 

           
(3)   Select ONE course from the following:  

3

 
    PLEGAL-114 Trusts and Estates - Probate Systems ‡    
    PLEGAL-116 Real Estate Law and Practice ‡    
    PLEGAL-118 Criminal Practice ‡    
    PLEGAL-123 Corporate Practice Systems ‡    
    PLEGAL-127 Debtor-Creditor Law  ‡    
    PLEGAL-140 Legal Interviewing/Investigation ‡    
           

(4)         Select THREE courses from the following:

   
    9
 
   

PLEGAL-114

Trusts and Estates - Probate Systems ‡

 

 
   

PLEGAL-116

Real Estate Law and Practice ‡

 

 
   

PLEGAL-118

Criminal Practice ‡

 

 
   

PLEGAL-123

Corporate Practice Systems ‡

 

 

 

 

PLEGAL-127

Debtor-Creditor Law  ‡

 

 

    PLEGAL-140 Legal Interviewing/Investigation ‡  

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series ECON course

 

 

 

 


ENG-151 and


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

 

 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

(or) ENG-201‡ and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

   


MATH-123


Math with Business Applications ‡


3

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-series MATH course

   
   


NATSCI-167


Science of Technology


3

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-series NATSCI course

   
 

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

 

 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series SOCSCI or HIST course

 

 


TOTAL CREDITS: 64

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

It is recommended that PLEGAL-103 be taken prior to PLEGAL-107, and PLEGAL-105 be taken prior to PLEGAL-111.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.  


For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with the GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated April 2017.