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.
Miami Dade College offers a Paralegal
Studies Program which has a celebrated reputation throughout the
legal community. After graduation, those who desire may apply to
transfer to a university to complete a four-year degree.
The program is an Associate of
Science Degree which requires completion of eighteen credits in
general education courses and forty-six credits in the paralegal
major. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates for
entry-level positions as paralegals. Courses include a theoretical
foundation in the law and assignments involve a practical
application of the skills paralegals execute in the workplace.
The program is for anyone who wants
to work in the legal field. The student body is diverse. Most
students work full-time. Some students have prior college
experience whereas others have already completed a degree. Many
students work in the field and are simply upgrading their skills.
Others enroll to change careers or to explore an interest in law