Paralegal

Paralegal

Thank you for your interest in the Paralegal Program at Kellogg Community College. Read on to learn about our program.

Please note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Degree and Certificate Options

If you are just beginning college you should follow the guide for an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal.

If you already possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university you should follow the guide for the Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are many and varied. Paralegals may work in private law firms, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms, hospitals, banks, community legal services programs and federal, state and local governments. With further education, paralegal graduates may become lawyers, judges, nurse consultants, professors or law librarians. Students interested in a pre-law curriculum may find that paralegal specialty courses provide an excellent introduction to legal studies and can help prepare you for the rigors of law school.

Enrollment Process

In addition to following the six steps for new students, paralegal students at KCC are also required to complete the Paralegal Program Student Verification Form. Completed verification forms should be returned to the Paralegal Coordinator. Post Baccalaureate Certificate candidates should also attach proof of their degree.

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in written, spoken and nonverbal forms.
  • Work in collaborative settings while demonstrating individual initiative and responsibility.
  • Employ effective interpersonal skills in a variety of work-related settings with an emphasis on excellent customer service and treating people with respect and courtesy.
  • Use critical thinking skills and creativity to solve problems and make well-reasoned, ethical decisions in a legal environment.
  • Master legal concepts and use legal terminology and resources effectively.
  • Conduct accurate, effective and efficient legal research and investigations.
  • Exhibit professionalism and respect for the legal system.
  • Value and commit to continually upgrade technical skills and substantive legal knowledge.
  • Understand the role of paralegals in the legal profession and observe all appropriate legal codes of ethical conduct.
  • Use technology effectively and appropriately.
  • Effectively organize information and demonstrate efficient time management skills.