About the Paralegal School
|Program Length||Average Tuition||Expected Salary|
|Under two years||$6,850*||$30,000 - $47,000|
* Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Your Best Choice for Paralegal Studies, Bar None
If you aspire to be an integral part of a legal team, this is the degree for you. Home to the only paralegal studies program in Miami-Dade County approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), The Law Center at Miami Dade College is certified to meet the highest standards in education. Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College. The program also meets the standards of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), the leading national professional association for paralegal education of which the college is a member. This approval is very important because it means that the program has met very high standards of accountability. The A.S. Degree in Paralegal Studies is a highly respected credential in the legal community.
Advantages of the Program
Located at the Wolfson Campus, you will study in the heart of Miami’s downtown legal district. An integrated internship experience gives you the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test in a real-world environment as you build relationships within the legal community.
This program can be completed in just two years. In addition, day and evening classes are available to accommodate busy schedules. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a career in the fast-growing legal field.
What is a Paralegal?
Career options for trained paralegals are continuing to expand. Paralegals are trained as legal professionals who can perform substantive legal work under the supervision of attorneys. While paralegals cannot give legal advice, set fees, negotiate or represent clients in court, they are an integral part of the legal community.
According to the American Bar Association, “a legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work expereince, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services directed to the public except as permitted by law.”
Skills You Will Learn
Graduates of the paralegal studies program should have a greater understanding of the paralegal profession as well as its role within the legal community; be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for transactions with clients, attorneys, other paralegal professionals, court personnel and third parties; be able to handle basic legal transactions; demonstrate a solid understanding of the basic substantive areas of the law, as well as legal research and writing; and conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.