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 a strong background of specialized instruction such as that offered by Minnesota State University Moorhead. MSUM’s Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association, one of only 74 bachelor’s degree offerings in the nation to hold that honor and one of only two public universities in Minnesota to earn that distinction. A four-year paralegal program is the degree of choice for most law firms.
A four-year Paralegal degree offers excellent preparation for law school as well as a paralegal career. Over its 30-year history, students have interned with more than 160 law firms in 12 states. Faculty members and guest lecturers are experienced attorneys and paralegals.
“I was looking for a program that would prepare me for law school, but I wasn’t 100% certain about that path. MSUM’s paralegal major is a four-year program approved by the American Bar Association. If I decided that I didn’t want to pursue law school, I still had a four-year degree that would land me a career in the field I wanted.”
Amy Schutt, 2010Jamestown, N.D.University of Minnesota Law School
*The above information is pulled
directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of
Labor. For more information, please visit the BLS website.
Disclaimer: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except where authorized by law.
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