Part of the Criminal Justice Department, the Paralegal Studies program now offers an Associate of Applied Science degree. The degree provides broad-ranging coursework for students who desire to pursue entry into a paralegal – support staff role – within the legal profession. It is taught by a licensed attorney and geared toward real world people, issues, and solutions.
At graduation, our students will be prepared for work in Federal, State/Local, or Tribal court support staff, private sector support staff, law enforcement administration, or private investigations firms. Employment opportunities have pre-employment requirements, and most groups require college degrees and background checks.
Students desiring to enroll in Paralegal Studies must be 18 years of age and provide official documentation of a criminal background check. Upon program acceptance, a student must be inspired to pursue their studies with zeal and vigor and demonstrate an ability to diligently work within timelines, read well, write well, and plainly and consistently apply the law to the facts. If these skills sets are of interest, the UTTC Paralegal program and a career in the legal profession is a wise and fulfilling academic studies path and career.
Graduates of the UTTC Paralegal AS degree program will:
- Write clearly and concisely utilizing appropriate legal citation and format for office memoranda, client correspondence, and basic legal documents
- Identify the ethical standards that apply to the role of a paralegal in a law office
- Appropriately use primary and secondary legal research tools, including legal digests, citators, and online data banks
- Apply appropriate methods for conducting an intake interview and preliminary investigation
- Identify tribal, state, and federal laws that are applied, including those specifically in tribal court systems.