Paralegal Studies Program
The Lilburn, Marietta, and Raleigh campuses offer the following degree and diploma training programs in paralegal studies and legal assisting. Graduates from these paralegal studies degree and diploma programs learn the technical and computer skills to assist law firms in managing cases in personal injury, criminal law, intellectual property, bankruptcy, immigration, family law and real estate. With this knowledge paralegals and legal assistants will join a legal team dedicated to their clients, while enjoying a rewarding and challenging career in law.
Lilburn Campus Programs
- Paralegal Studies – Associate of Science Degree Program
- Paralegal Studies – Diploma Program
Graduates of Lilburn’s paralegal studies diploma program who are interested in pursuing an associate degree may transfer their class credits into the paralegal degree program. They must complete additional course work to be awarded a Paralegal Studies Associate of Science degree.
Marietta Campus Program
- Paralegal Studies – Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
Graduates of Marietta’s degree program in paralegal studies provide the theoretical and practical knowledge and the legal skills necessary to perform many paralegal functions including research, writing, investigation, and interviewing. Paralegal studies program students gain knowledge of the paralegal and legal assistant’s role in areas such as tort law, litigation, criminal law, civil law, real estate, bankruptcy, wills/trusts & estates, and domestic relations. Theoretical and practical knowledge of how a traditional legal office operates on a day-to-day basis is also included as part of the training courses. Gwinnett College students in the Paralegal Studies degree programs will complete general educations courses which round out the education experience and prepare them for life-long learning.
Gwinnett College offers legal assistant program courses to gain essential skills and training to achieve entry-level positions in the paralegal career field. These courses will be the first step in starting a rewarding career.
What Paralegals and Legal Assistants Do
Depending upon the size of the firm or organization, paralegals and legal assistants typically have the following job responsibilities which are included within the program training.
- Investigate the facts of a case.
- Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles.
- Organize and present the information.
- Keep information related to cases or transactions in computer databases.
- Write reports to help lawyers prepare for trials.
- Draft correspondence and other documents, such as contracts and mortgages.
- Get affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court.
- Help lawyers during trials.
- Assist attorneys prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.
Our paralegal training degree and diploma programs may vary in credential level and curriculum content by school campus location. Please refer to the catalog for a listing of all courses in your program of interest.
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*. The legal industry will demand additional paralegals to lighten the workload for lawyers and to assist where entry-level lawyers typically would.
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The Gwinnett College Experience
Because you are making the commitment to seek career-focused legal assistant training courses, we commit ourselves to providing you with exceptional customer service each step of the way. All of our school instructors possess education or career experience in legal assisting which provides you with a quality learning experience. While we do not guarantee employment, we provide continuous career services assistance upon graduation from your Paralegal Studies training program. Get started on your new career by attending a school that offers training programs in the area.
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