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Legal Assistants are trained professionals who play an integral part in providing services to law offices, private businesses, government agencies, and the community. Working under the supervision of an attorney, these professionals work in all areas of law practice – civil law, corporate, estate administration, real estate law, domestic relations, and administrative law. Legal assistants perform a variety of tasks, including documenting plead preparation, conducting legal research and writing, interviewing witnesses, investigating, and preparing for trial.

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Offered as: Associate

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Why Study Legal Studies at Mount Aloysius College?

Mount Aloysius College’s Legal Studies Program integrates law with practical skills needed to get the job and do the work of a valued legal assistant. Students are provided a solid foundation in the liberal arts by taking courses from the humanities, arts and sciences.

In addition, our award-winning Mock Trial team participates in the American Mock Trial Association’s Invitational and Regional competitions. Through this experience, Mount Aloysius students refine and perfect their public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork skills, which can benefit any future career, not just in the legal sphere. Nurses can benefit from the critical thinking skills, marketing individuals can better sell their product, and legal studies graduates students are given a solid foundation for the challenges of law school.

What do Legal Studies graduates do?

As a graduate of Legal Studies, you will dictate which path your career takes. Some Legal Studies graduates work immediately after graduation as a paralegal or legal assistant, while other continue on to receive a bachelor’s degree, or even attend Law School.

Possible Careers

A graduate of Legal Studies has endless career choices, including:

  • Law secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Attorney
  • Law teacher
  • Corporate counsel
  • Legal aid lawyer
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Tax lawyer
  • Intellectual property lawyer
  • Family lawyer
  • Security lawyer
  • Litigation lawyer

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for lawyers is expected to rise 6% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 43,800 jobs.*

The average median wage for a lawyer in the state of Pennsylvania is $131,090.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

The demand for paralegals and legal assistants is expected to rise 8% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 21,200 jobs.**

The average median wage for a paralegal and legal assistant in the state of Pennsylvania is $53,390.**

**Bureau of Labor Statistics

Success Stories

Cassidy Ebersole, ’15, A. S. Legal Studies

Katelynn Horton, ’15, A. S. Legal Studies

Who will teach me?

The Justice, Law and Society department is comprised of full-time faculty who hold their Juris Doctorate, and doctorate degrees, as well as adjunct faculty who also have their Juris Doctorate degrees. Law classes are taught by practicing lawyers, and other core classes are taught by business, history/political science, and criminology professors who bring their varied backgrounds into the classroom.

Meet Our Department!

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Julie Smith
Chairperson of Justice, Law, and Society Department, Professor of History/Political Science, Coordinator for Secondary Education
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Joseph Bobak
Assistant Professor of Criminology
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Elizabeth Mansley
Assistant Professor of Criminology
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Matthew Arsenault
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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David Andrews
Full-time In-House Counsel in the Office of General Counsel

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