Paralegals, also called legal assistants, work in law offices in a variety of positions related to the legal profession. Activities that paralegals may be involved with include: legal research, client contact, factual investigation and drafting of documents. While final responsibility for their activities rests with the supervising lawyer, paralegals usually have important responsibilities that require they have a strong background of specialized instruction such as that offered by Minnesota State University Moorhead. MSUM is one of only three universities in Minnesota to offer a four-year paralegal degree. Local attorneys and occupational resources report that employers clearly prefer to hire paralegals with the more comprehensive education provided through a four-year program.
Paralegal students at MSUM are involved in many activities beyond their classes and studies. Some examples:
Disclaimer: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except where authorized by law.
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