The paralegal studies program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes they need to become highly competent, ethical paralegals working in the delivery of legal services, and who will make a positive contribution to the advancement of the paralegal profession. The program’s learning objectives, listed below, indicate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will have acquired upon completion of the program.
Paralegal Studies graduates will
- Explain the role of the paralegal in the effective delivery of legal services in various settings in which paralegals work, including large and small law firms, corporations and businesses, governmental agencies, and legal aid offices.
- Describe the ethical responsibilities of paralegals, the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers, and the application of these rules to paralegals.
- Apply practical methods to complete assigned legal tasks.
- Demonstrate competency in a legal setting by completing a paralegal practicum under the supervision of a practicing attorney and a faculty member.
- Analyze, implement, and complete a legal research project using both print and electronic resources.
- Produce legal documents that meet professional standards, reflect accurate legal research, and are in correct format.
- Demonstrate proficiency in use of technology applications common in the workplace.
Sally N. Fairbank, Program Chair
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1471A, (630) 942-2955
Teresa Dietz, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008
Anika Collins, Program Advising
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1454D, (630) 942-3961
Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592