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The Paralegal (Legal Assisting) Studies Program prepares students to get inside the law and work as a paralegal or other legal professional. Paralegals work side-by-side and under the supervision of an attorney (paralegals cannot practice law). The faculty, who are all attorneys, is committed to providing our students with the real world skills needed to succeed in today's legal market.
These skills include: proficiency in legal research, writing and analysis; using computer-based research tools; learning court rules and procedures; drafting legal documents; understanding corporate transactions; interviewing clients; discovery; and preparing for trial. The Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), the gold standard for paralegal programs. It offers both the initial Bachelor of Science and Second Bachelor's Degrees.
The Program welcomes transfer students and has articulation agreements with many community colleges. Eastern Michigan University is the only university in the country that sponsors an attorney-supervised legal clinic for its paralegal students, who work inside courthouses helping members of the public with court forms.
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