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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 high demand?

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

Possible career options after Fremont degree

  • Corporate Paralegal
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • Family Law Paralegal
  • Immigration Paralegal
  • Law Clerk
  • Litigation Suport Analyst

How to become a Paralegal

Important qualities of a Paralegal

What do Paralegals do?

Investigate the facts of a case

  • Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles
  • Organize and maintain documents in a paper or electronic filing systems
  • Gather and arrange evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
  • Write reports to help lawyers prepare for trials
  • Draft correspondence and legal documents, such as contracts and mortgages
  • Get affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court
  • Help lawyers during trials by handling exhibits, taking notes, or reviewing trial transcripts
  • File exhibits, briefs, appeals and other legal documents with the court or opposing counsel
  • Call clients, witnesses, lawyers, and outside vendors to schedule interviews, meetings, and depositions

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, but at Fremont, you will earn an ABA-approved 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 job placement assistance from our career services team and have access to numerous career resources to help them achieve their career goals. Our employer network consists of established, well-known companies that employ many our graduates. We have numerous graduate success stories to prove that earning a degree at Fremont College is a wise investment in your future.