Post-Baccalaureate Legal Studies/Paralegal

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Online Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 30-110-2
  • Offering: Online, In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January/June

About the Post-Baccalaureate Legal Studies/Paralegal Diploma


This program is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree with at least 18-credits in Liberal Arts courses. You will gain the foundation for a paralegal career in a law office, government agency, private organization or corporation. Classes are offered face-to-face at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. Selected courses are available online and in blended/accelerated format. At least 9-credits of legal specialty (PLEGAL) courses must be taken through synchronous instruction.

Typical job duties include conducting client interviews, obtaining case information, performing legal research, and providing general assistance to attorneys. Paralegals are required to work under the supervision of an attorney to avoid the unauthorized practice of law. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Additional program details: 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. Coursework revolves around basic legal courses designed to provide you with a broad background. Instruction concentrates on practical, rather than theoretical, aspects of law.

The entire program can be completed remotely. Classes are offered in 8-week, 12-week, and 16-week format in a virtual synchronous environment (weekly virtual class sessions required). Selected courses are available in an online format (no required weekly meetings). Summer classes are also available.


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Legal Studies/Paralegal

With coursework focused on the practical aspects of law, this program provides a broad background and prepares students to work as a paralegal in the legal community, in government, or in business and industry.

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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195* Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
PLEGAL-101 Introduction to Paralegalism 3
PLEGAL-103 Legal Research ‡ 3
PLEGAL-105 Civil Procedure ‡ 3
PLEGAL-107  Legal Writing ‡ 3
PLEGAL-111 Litigation Practice Systems ‡ 3
PLEGAL-114 Trusts and Estates – Probate Systems ‡ 3



* Students admitted to the technical diploma program should request that undergraduate credit be awarded for ENG-195.
‡ Prerequisite required, however, students admitted to the technical diploma program can register for paralegal specialty (PLEGAL) courses. Diploma students must request Prerequisite Waivers for the courses they wish to take via their Self-Service account.

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

A minimum of 9 credits of legal specialty courses at MATC must be completed.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • 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

Career Outlook

Typical job duties include conducting client interviews, obtaining case information, performing legal research, preparing and filing legal documents, and providing general assistance to attorneys.

Possible Careers

Corporate Legal Department
Contract Abstractor
Compliance Officer
Legal Document Proofreader
Law Clerk
Legal Assistant
Legal Office Manager

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with at least 18 credits in Liberal Arts courses required; applicants should submit an official college transcript to the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Admissions Office.

Transfer of legal specialty coursework credit (PLEGAL designated courses) is accepted, subject to review by the Program Coordinator for course compatibility, only from ABA approved paralegal programs or from accredited law schools. Transfer is limited to a maximum of 9 credits.



This program is approved by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654;


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Last updated: 03/27/2024