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Paralegal Practice

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): Penn Valley: Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator: Gordon Wells, 816.604.4007

Degree Awarded

A.A.S. Degree: Paralegal Practice


Paralegals - also called legal assistants - are a part of an exciting field that gives opportunities for non-lawyers to perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. They assume a growing range of tasks in legal offices that can include:

  • preparing for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings.
  • investigating the facts of cases.
  • identifying appropriate laws, judicial decisions and legal articles.
  • preparing written reports for attorneys.
  • helping prepare legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court.
  • obtaining affidavits.
  • organizing and tracking files of case documents.
  • drafting contracts, mortgages and separation agreements.
  • assisting in preparing tax returns, establishing trust funds and planning estates.
  • searching legal literature stored in computer databases and on CD-ROM.

In our well-established program, you'll get a combination of a broad knowledge of substantive and procedural law and the specific skills required to be a productive member of today's legal team. You'll learn legal research, legal writing and ethics. The program finishes with an internship class where you'll spend a semester actually working in the legal environment under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

Accreditation: American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

Last Modified: 4/17/18