Program Outcomes

Graduates of the ECC paralegal program will demonstrate entry-level competency for employment in the local legal community by being able to:

  1. Technology
    • Format correspondence, pleadings, agreements, memos, and reports with word processing software.
    • Mark suggested edits to documents using redlining word processing features and incorporate electronic edits made by others.
    • Manage email recipients, carbon copies and blind carbon copies, and attachments; download and save email messages; create and organize email file folders.
    • Create spreadsheets for data sets.
    • Convert print documents to electronic files and organize information in computerized databases and manual files.
  2. Communication
    • Utilize grammar rules and proofreading principles to clearly and effectively communicate in writing.
    • Listen attentively to spoken information, without interrupting, and document details of that information in written notes.
    • Formulate questions to ask for guidance on work-related projects and determine appropriate timing for asking those questions.
    • Dress, speak, and act in a professional manner on the job and take pride in his or her work by paying attention to details and meeting deadlines.
    • Use legal analysis to structure logical arguments and advance a specific interest or to analyze opposing or alternative positions.
  3. Research
    • Locate and request medical, corporate and other non-governmental records, using proper releases and forms; evaluate records for relevancy to a particular fact pattern.
    • Obtain reliable information through internet-based factual investigations.
    • Find primary sources of law and secondary legal materials that, when considered together, inform answers to specific legal issues.
    • Correctly read, interpret, and cite primary sources of law and secondary legal materials.
  4. Legal Ethics
    • Avoid claims of unauthorized practice of law by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
    • Protect confidential client information and preserve attorney-client privilege.
    • Recognize and report a potential conflict of interest to a supervising attorney.
    • Demonstrate integrity and candor to his or her supervising attorney and co-workers.
    • Safeguard client property.