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Paralegal

Paralegal Program

… Begin your future in the law now


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Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), JCCC’s Paralegal program prepares you to investigate, draft legal documents, and research legal precedent under the direction and supervision of an attorney. Skilled instructors with more than 40 years of educational excellence in paralegal education give you the tools to begin your career in a private law firm, corporate legal department, or government agency. Class times are compatible with the needs of working students, with most classes offered online or on campus in late afternoon and early evening.

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You can take one of two tracks in our ABA-approved program. If you have an associate or bachelor’s degree, then our paralegal postsecondary certificate is the path for you. If you do not have a degree, then our associate of arts degree with emphasis in paralegal studies is right for you.

JCCC’s Paralegal program takes a practical approach to the law and education. As you learn fundamentals of the law, you also will immediately put what you have learned into practice. Assignments mimic situations you might experience as a paralegal and give you the opportunity to build an online portfolio to show future employers you have the skills to be successful. The program also helps you develop your research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.

All of our full-time instructors have a Juris Doctor, and our adjunct instructors are practicing paralegals or attorneys. You will have the opportunity to talk with and learn from guest speakers who are experts in the field of law, as well as watch the legal process at work on campus when the Kansas Court of Appeals hears oral arguments every spring. If you are not already working in the field, a great way to get started is by completing a paralegal internship or joining one of the local paralegal professional organizations.

The department’s 10-person advisory board is made up of educators, paralegals, and attorneys from law firms, businesses, and local governments. The board monitors the program and provides guidance on emerging trends and opportunities in the field, helping to ensure the program is current, well-designed, and student focused.

Career options

Paralegals work in businesses such as law firms, large and medium corporations, and governmental offices. Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 17 percent in Kansas by 2024, according to the Kansas Labor Information Center. Paralegal positions are anticipated to increase as law firms seek to provide more cost-effective legal services.

A paralegal degree or certificate is important for moving ahead in your career in law, as most paralegal employers require a degree, certificate, or substantial experience in the field. JCCC’s program has been educating paralegals in the Kansas City market for more than 40 years. Our reputation for producing graduates prepared to work in the field on day one will help you achieve your career goals.

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