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Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College

The exiting world of paralegal studies awaits you

A person who is qualified - through education, training, or work experience - to perform law-related work under the direction and supervision of an attorney is known as a legal assistant or paralegal.

Upon graduation, students in the Legal Assisting Program should be proficient at:
  • Understanding and communicating basic legal concepts
  • Adapting to any business setting and in no time become an integral part of it
  • Write skillfully, and read with full comprehension; meet deadlines while producing accurate work within exacting guidelines; generate well-structured, unambiguous draft legal documents
  • Use reasoning skills and form judgments; use measurable data to formulate decisions
  • Plan and implement activities and projects
  • Influence others in their opinions and judgments
  • Be responsible for a number of duties which can change frequently; multi-task

Outcomes of Northwestern Michigan College's Legal Assistant Program are:

  • To show extensive knowledge and understanding of the organization and operation of the U.S. legal system
  • To demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the organization and running of a law office, and of the role of the paralegal in the effective delivery of legal services
  • To demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of ethical responsibilities as they pertain both to attorneys and to legal assistants
  • To demonstrate a thorough understanding and working knowledge of pertinent substantive and procedural areas of the law
  • To show an ability to use fast analysis skills to understand legal and ethical issues logically and thoroughly, and to effectively problem solve
  • Demonstration of the ability to effectively use traditional and electronic resources as means of conducting legal research
  • To demonstrate ones ability to communicate in a way that is clear, correct, succinct and effective, both in speech and in writing, and also be able to prepare drafts of pleadings and legal documents
  • To demonstrate the capacity for various computer functions with a legal office, especially word processing, legal research, and timekeeping
  • To demonstrate interpersonal, teamwork, or leadership skills within a legal environment

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