Paralegal Studies Program Goals

The specific goals of NWACC’s Paralegal Studies Program are:

  1. Offer a high quality program in which students gain a broad-based knowledge of the legal field and develop technical knowledge and specific skills that will prepare them for a career in the paralegal field.
  2. Provide students with a well-rounded general education, in which they enhance their communication skills and gain a greater awareness of cultural perspectives.
  3. Offer a program in which students develop higher order thinking skills, an
    intellectual curiosity and an appreciation for lifelong learning.
  4. Have a program that is responsive to community needs, so that graduates will be able to find fulfilling employment in a variety of work environments.
  5. Instill in students the ethical principles and concerns of the legal profession, as well as a healthy respect for its historical development, institutions, and the belief in equal access to justice for all.
  6. Assist interested students in internship placements and help graduates find high quality employment in the paralegal field upon completion of the degree.
  7. Provide a program that contributes to the advancement of the paralegal profession in the area and the state.


Our explicit objectives are to:

  1. Have high standards for admission and graduation from the program and to provide entry-level students with information about the nature of the profession and the job opportunities.
  2. Require students to complete a thorough and rigorous curriculum, including general education, law related, and legal specialty courses.
  3. Update legal specialty courses frequently so that students are graduating with skills that will make them competitive in the job market.
  4. Place special emphasis on communication and computer skills and to offer several legal specialty courses in a lab setting.
  5. 5. Work with student on interviewing and resume writing skills and to keep in frequent contact with the college placement director and human resource directors of local corporations, law firms and government agencies.
  6. Be responsive to the needs of the legal community through frequent contact with the local bar associations, the Advisory Committee and special focus groups.
  7. Employ highly qualified faculty who are knowledgeable about the law and their fields of legal specialty, and who have received training in how to facilitate student learning with different learning styles
  8. Provide adequate funding so that the coordinator can have release time and staff for administrative duties, hire highly trained faculty, purchase new technologies and curriculum materials, and attend national, state and regional conferences.




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