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  • More than 90 percent of our graduates are gainfully employed in their field of choice.
  • The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, just like the state’s public universities. This ensures a qualified and fully credentialed faculty that provides you with the best quality of education.
  • Many credits earned at Miami Dade College will transfer to Florida’s public universities and colleges. Students earning Associate in Arts degrees are guaranteed admission to Florida’s public universities as a junior year student. In addition, the College maintains articulation agreements with many private and out-of-state colleges and universities.
  • Earning your degree at MDC can save you money. At a public university, you’ll pay about twice the price per credit for the same classes. Private and for-profit colleges can cost you even more.
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Program Goals

The objective of the Paralegal Studies Program is to prepare students for legal and paralegal careers in law offices, government agencies, banks or business corporations. This objective is stated in the Miami Dade College Catalog.

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of the paralegal profession, the job opportunities therein and the players and organizations within the legal community
  • Effectively relate and communicate orally and in writing to clients, colleagues, the court and third parties
  • Handle basic legal transactions (closings, wills, contracts, incorporations)
  • Process matters through the basic steps of litigation (tort actions, dissolution of marriage)
  • Have a solid understanding of the basic substantive areas of the law, conduct legal research and solve problems within those areas
  • Behave professionally and in an ethical manner



Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
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