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LEGL-115 - Paralegal  Career/Ethics
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Lansing Community College is proud to offer two excellent Paralegal education programs:  The Associate Degree in Business and the Post-Bachelor Certificate.  Both are approved by the American Bar Association.  The approval of the American Bar Association is a designation that is recognized by members of the legal community as an indicator of quality and is respected by leaders in the field of paralegal education.

The Associate Degree curriculum consists of in-depth legal specialty classes along with a general basic education.  Students in this curriculum may be in college for the first time or may have some previous college experience.  A student with no previous college can usually complete the curriculum in two years, attending full-time.

The Post-Bachelor certificate program is offered for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.  These students can usually complete the program in one year, attending full-time.

Program Goals:

The primary program goal is to educate students to become career paralegals who can perform effectively in a variety of legal settings and can adapt to changes in the legal environment and law practice.

The overall program goal is to prepare students for careers as paralegals working under the supervision of lawyers in the public and private sector.

The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes they need to become competent and ethical professional paralegals working in the delivery of legal services.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Paralegal Associate or Post-Baccalaureate program, graduates should be able to:

1. Enter the legal profession as a paralegal working under the supervision of lawyers in a variety of legal settings in the public and private sector.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the law, the legal and paralegal professions, and the legal process, including the use of technology, appropriate to their expected role as a team member in the legal community.

3. Demonstrate the acquisition of basic knowledge of legal theory, practical application of that knowledge, and application of technology skills, appropriate to their expected role as a team member in the legal community.

4. Demonstrate competence in problem solving, performing legal research, preparing appropriate written legal documents, detecting legal issues, and interpreting, analyzing, evaluating, and constructing legal arguments, appropriate to their expected role as a team member in the legal community.

5. Model legal ethic principles and demonstrate an awareness of ethical, moral, and social issues that contain legal implications in the delivery of legal services.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of the standards of conduct, values, and attitudes needed and expected to be competent in the delivery of legal services in the legal profession in general and in the paralegal profession in particular.

Role of a Paralegal:

Paralegals are professionals who provide non-clerical services under the supervision of an attorney.  Tasks that might be performed by paralegals include maintenance of important documents relating to lawsuits or business transactions, preparation of trial exhibits, legal research and investigation, drafting of court pleadings and legal documents, and completion of form documents.  The actual practice of law is restricted to licensed attorneys. Work performed by paralegals allows attorneys to commit more time to activities that specifically require the expertise of a trained lawyer.  Use of paralegals results in lower costs for legal services and greater efficiency and economy for all concerned.

Student Profile:

The students in the program are as diverse as the opportunities that await them upon graduation.  Many enter the program directly from high school.  Some bring with them significant work experience or other educational background.  Some students have used this training as a springboard to law school and a career as an attorney.

Paralegal Association:

The Paralegal Association promotes an interest, awareness, and academic excellence in the Paralegal Program.
All paralegal students are welcome to join this organization.  For more information, call the Student Life Office : (517) 483-1285 or email:

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ParaLegal Program at Lansing Community College

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West Campus, Room M127
Phone: (517) 483-1570
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