Paralegal Diploma Program
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Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today. This program was online and continues to be online ONLY.
What is a Paralegal?
Behind every success verdict and in every area of law, a paralegal more than likely played a significant role in the outcome. Paralegals are an indispensable member of the legal system and fulfill a number of essential roles in this fast-paced environment. These duties may include providing attorney support, researching legal precedent, preparing legal documents, organizing and coordinating law office activity. In some cases, it may even include investigative work. Paralegals are found in almost every area of law and they are relied upon to fulfill various roles in most cases.
What Career Options are Available as a Paralegal?
Paralegals are found in every area of the law such as defense law, corporate law, international law or educational law. Paralegals are also found in every area of the legal system, including private firms, corporate law departments, governmental agencies and banks and financial institutions. Paralegals have many different career paths and many different career options to choose from. Some paralegals even go on to be lawyers themselves.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for Paralegals in the United States is expected to increase by 12% between 2018 and 2028.1
How do I Start a Paralegal Program?
There are a handful of options for entry into the Paralegal profession. Due to the highly competitive job market, one of the best ways is to have a Paralegal specific degree. That’s why the Paralegal Diploma Program was created and it may help you secure a role in the Paralegal profession. As a part of the Stautzenberger Paralegal Diploma Program, you will study computer software, office procedures, law office technology, legal terminology, legal research and writing, civil litigation, torts, probate, criminal and family law. Students also take classes in oral communication, written communication and social sciences to develop their interpersonal skills, customer focus and writing skills. Students participate in a mock deposition to utilize and sharpen their skills in a setting similar to what they might experience as legal professionals. Collectively, having a strong background in paralegal studies may help you in starting and advancing your career.
Why Choose Our College?
For over 90 years, Stautzenberger College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.
We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
All of us here at Stautzenberger College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Program length – 10 months
100% of the program is online
After you complete the Paralegal Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Paralegal Associate Degree completion program. That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.
1onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00, retrieved 4/9/2020
Curriculum focuses on law office proceedings, as well as professional and ethical responsibilities. Students complete courses in computer software, office procedures, law office technology, legal terminology, legal research and writing, civil litigation, torts, probate, criminal and family law. Students also take classes in oral communication, written communication and social sciences to develop their interpersonal skills, customer focus and writing skills. Students participate in a mock deposition to utilize and sharpen their skills in a setting similar to what they might experience as legal professionals.
Also known as legal assistants, paralegals perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents. The largest employers of legal assistants are law firms, but paralegals also work for in-house legal departments in the finance, insurance, consulting and healthcare sectors.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be 82,700 new job openings for paralegals between 2014 and 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Paralegals, retrieved 4/26/16