Paralegals work in many different areas of the legal field, and are a KEY component to the success of lawyers. Learning to become a paralegal is a wonderful way to jump-start your career in the legal field. Key College classes are taught by licensed attorneys with years of experience. We will train you to do work in all different areas of law. Students will have the opportunity to use our full legal library as well as multiple online tools to enhance their learning experience.
Paralegals help lawyers practice law more efficiently and productively by providing/assisting in: client interviewing, case preparation, case scheduling, legal research, drafting discoveries, preparing wills, completing divorces, custody petitions, immigration services, interviewing witnesses, and more.
As a paralegal you may work in:
The paralegal degree takes just 18 months and includes in-class work combined with an externship in the professional field. After receiving your degree, you have the opportunity to join law offices, courts, companies, and organizations using Key College’s graduate placement assistance.
See the average annual income for paralegals in the United States here
This program is designed to prepare a student to perform a wide variety of duties in the legal field, supporting attorneys or as a paralegal/legal assistant performing work in the legal field as allowed by state law. The program's emphasis is on the study of law and procedures from a paralegal perspective. Students completing this program will have sufficient credits to apply for the Certified Legal Assistant exam.
Unit of Credits Awarded: Quarter
Total Credit Hours Awarded: 96
Program Length: 6 terms
Academic Years: 2
A Personal Injury specialization track is available for the paralegal degree during the last term.
Key College’s Paralegal Program is approved by NALA, the Paralegal Association, as a judicial program for resident and online delivery method.
The Paralegal Studies program uses software to allow for automated legal research. The institution has a law library on site to allow students to become familiar with the usage of law libraries. The Library and Westlaw (a legal research service) is available for paralegal students for online libraries, legal research and internet access.
Key College provides an Information Resource Library as well as a complete library on the Internet available to all students seven days per week. Students are issued a password to access the online library.
Prospective students must complete an application online or via e-mail. Programs offered at Key College require a solid commitment for successful completion. Therefore, an interview beforehand with an admissions specialist provides full information about requirements, the courses, and class starting dates, part-time work, and employment opportunities for graduates. An assessment of the student’s interests, background and commitment will occur during the admissions interview.
All applicants must be evaluated for academic capability and talk with the appropriate academic advisor to evaluate the prospective student’s ability and commitment. When all application requirements have been fulfilled, applicants will be notified promptly regarding their admission status.