You can turn your passion for law into a rewarding career. Paralegals play an important role in today's legal system. Paralegals, also referred to as legal assistants, are non-lawyers who have the qualifications and expertise to perform many of the same tasks as lawyers.
Paralegals work for law firms, courts and government agencies. Paralegals work in all areas of law - litigation, criminal law, family law, contracts, bankruptcy, intellectual property, real estate transactions, immigration and more.
Paralegals perform many of the same tasks as attorneys and are an invaluable part of the legal team.
They assume a growing range of tasks in legal offices that can include:
Successful paralegals demonstrate the following skills:
Note: Paralegals MAY NOT provide Legal Services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
In our well-established program, you'll get a combination of a broad knowledge of substantive and procedural law and the specific skills required to be a productive member of today's legal team. You'll learn legal research, legal writing and ethics.
The program finishes with an internship class where you'll spend a semester actually working in the legal environment under the direct supervision of a lawyer or judge.
We offer a variety of courses, and in a variety of delivery methods, such as in-person learning, virtual synchronous learning (Zoom, Teams or other similar platform) and online courses.
Our program consists of fundamental courses, such as legal research, legal writing and ethics. We offer electives that cover various areas of law, such as litigation, family law, torts, contracts and more. You can choose to learn about the areas of law that interest you.
American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).
Our goal is to prepare you for the career of your future. Our faculty includes working judges, lawyers and paralegals, who have both expertise in the law and experience working directly with or as paralegals. Some of the skills you will learn include:
Many MCC students plan to transfer. Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it.
We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities, so make sure you speak with an academic advisor before enrolling, particularly since transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions.
It takes two years to get an Associate in Applied Science degree if attending full-time.
Yes, most of our credits easily transfer. Check with your advisor or counselor and the transfer institution for complete information regarding transferring credits.