The Paralegal/Legal Assisting program is designed to prepare individuals to work in a variety of legal settings. Individuals assist attorneys in private, public, corporate, or administrative areas. The skills learned (research, analytical skills, investigation, written and oral communication, exercising judgment, preparing documents, etc.) will enable graduates to work in a variety of settings such as corporate legal departments, human resource or personnel offices, in banks - trust or real estate departments, local government and court offices, title agencies, billing and collections, insurance, administrative agencies (workers compensation, social security, EPA, etc.) and community or non-profit agencies. Jobs which utilize paralegal skills and talents can be found in every industry and profession.
This is a practical, skills-based program. Students receive extensive course work and hands-on training in computer skills, basic and general legal knowledge, legal research and writing skills, accounting and business law. Individuals perform specific tasks and complete case studies involving probate, family law, debt collections and bankruptcy, real estate procedures and title searches, administrative process, and criminal law. At the end of the course work, each student completes an internship in a legal, business or government setting gaining valuable practical experience.
Rhodes State Paralegal Program does not prepare students to practice law. Graduates do not provide legal services directly to the public.
The Paralegal/Legal Assisting program also provides a well-rounded educational background in the areas of communications, analytical problem solving, accounting and taxes, social interactions, political science and economics. This background assists students who decide to continue their education beyond the Associate’s degree.
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