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Paralegal Studies

You want a career that is stable and rewarding. You have an interest in law, excellent research skills, and pay close attention to detail. You have the ability to be objective, communicate clearly and precisely, and work well under pressure. If this sounds like you, the Paralegal Studies program at Fremont College is a great choice. Through our College of Legal Studies, you can earn an ABA-approved Paralegal degree in just 15 months and be prepared for an exciting career in the field of law.

O1 Career Overview

Are Paralegals in demand?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Paralegal jobs is expected to increase 17% from 2012 to 2022.

How to become a Paralegal

  • Complete a Paralegal program at a college to earn an associate's degree (1-2 years)
  • Complete Paralegal certification (optional)
  • Complete on-the-job training with an employer

Important qualities of a Paralegal

  • Communication skills

    Paralegals must be able to document and present their research and related information to their supervising attorney.
  • Computer skills

    Paralegals need to be familiar with using computers for legal research and litigation support. They also use computer programs for organizing and maintaining important documents.
  • Interpersonal skills

    Paralegals spend most of their time working with clients and other professionals, and must be able to develop good relationships. They must make clients feel comfortable sharing personal information related to their cases.
  • Organizational skills

    Paralegals may be responsible for many cases at one time. They must adapt quickly to changing deadlines.
  • Research skills

    Paralegals need good research and investigative skills to conduct legal research.

What Do Paralegals Do?

Investigate the facts of a case

  • Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles
  • Draft correspondence and legal documents, such as contracts and mortgages
  • Gather evidence and legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
  • Write reports to help lawyers prepare for trials
  • Obtain affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court

Where do Paralegals work?

  • Legal services
  • Federal government, excluding postal service
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals
  • State government, excluding education and hospitals
  • Finance and insurance

Career outlook of a Paralegal*

Projected Employment from 2012 to 2022

2012
277,000
2022
323,300
Average Annual Salary
$46,990

Top Paying States

  1. Washington D.C.: $68,850
  2. California: $58,570
  3. New Jersey: $58,050
  4. Oregon: $54,460
  5. New York: $53,570
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

O2 Fremont Difference

Our ABA Paralegal program is designed to provide you with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of both the background and the theory of the modern legal system while simultaneously putting your knowledge into practice. Some schools only offer a Paralegal certificate in the amount of time it takes to earn an associate’s degree at Fremont College; at Fremont, you will earn an Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies in a little over one year.

Essential courses

  • Introduction to Law and Ethics
  • Civil Procedure
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Torts
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Legal Practice Technology
  • Family Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations

O3 Admissions and Aids

Fremont takes the stress out of enrolling in college by working with you every step of the way to determine your career goals and help you find a way to pay for school. If you have concerns that you won't be able to afford college, our financial aid team will help you apply for grants and student loans to fund your education. We are committed to making sure that nothing stands in the way of obtaining the career you have always wanted.

O4 Fremont Graduates

Your time at Fremont doesn't end at graduation. Alumni are invited back for workshops, networking mixers, and other events that provide an opportunity for career enhancement. Fremont alumni also receive career planning assistance from our career services team and have access to numerous resources to help them achieve their career goals. In addition, our employer network consists of well-known companies that have been employing our graduates for years. We have numerous graduate success stories to prove that earning a degree at Fremont College is a wise investment in your future.