A paralegal is a person qualified by education, training, or work
experience who performs substantive legal work under the supervision
of a lawyer. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to
the public, except as permitted by law.
Paralegal education at ECC includes the study of major areas of law.
Courses emphasize hands-on, practical applications that will prepare
students to enter law-related occupations. Online legal research
tools and a well-stocked law library are frequently used by students
to prepare documents suitable for court and business transactions. If
you love to research, read, and write and have a eye for details, a
paralegal career may be the right fit for you. Strong social and
communication skills are also necessary as paralegals frequently
communicate with their supervising attorney, office staff, court
Personnel, and clients.
The AAS degree in paralegal is designed for students who do not have
a prior degree and are interested in pursuing a career as a
paralegal. Students in this program complete the same paralegal
courses as the BVS students, but must also complete the required
general education courses. General education courses are an important
component of paralegal training. Students who plan to transfer to a
four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree after completing
the AAS should choose general education courses that fulfill this
program's curriculum requirements and will transfer to that student's
school of choice. Students should meet with an advisor to make these
selections and review the transfer information available in this
The BVS certificate in paralegal is designed for students who already
have a bachelor's degree or an associate in arts degree. Full-time
students may be able to complete the program in one year.
Accreditation: The paralegal program is approved by the American Bar
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Transfer Credits to 4 Year University
AAS Transfer Options for Paralegal