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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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Mount Aloysius College’s Legal Assistant 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.

Mount Aloysius College Legal Assistant Program graduates will be provided the education and resources to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the federal and state judicial systems;
  2. Conduct legal research and use that knowledge professionally;
  3. Organize and use what you know to produce common legal documents;
  4. Understand the ethical obligations of both legal assistants and attorneys;
  5. Maximize your writing skills;
  6. Acquire and enhance analytical and problem solving skills;
  7. Speak effectively;
  8. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of law including torts, contracts, civil law, criminal law, family law, real estate law, probate and business;
  9. Pursue employment in law or move on to a bachelor’s degree;
  10. Value a liberal arts education, grounded in the arts, sciences and humanities.

According to PayScale, those who graduate with their Associate’s degree in Legal Studies typically have a starting salary of $44,000 depending on the company size and location.



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